With nearly 400 advocates representing 40 states,  the 10th annual Advocacy and Kids' Summit, held February 25-27, 2008, was a resounding success!

During these action-packed three days, participants were given an introduction to how Congress works, learned about the Arthritis Foundation’s Advocacy Priorities for 2008, and conducted 255 meetings with their Members of Congress to let them know more needs to be done for people with arthritis – more research, more public health initiatives and better access to arthritis treatments and providers. 

The Advocacy Awards Dinner was also held to recognize and thank advocates, volunteers and staff,  who champion the needs of 46 million Americans. 

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Results from the Summit

Due to their hard work seven Senators and Representatives have co-sponsored the arthritis bill in just the last few days in response to meeting with our advocates during the Summit.  Letters requesting the arthritis bill be “mark-up” are starting to be sent to Chairmen Dingell (D-MI) and Kennedy (D-MA) and increased Congressional support for increased research and public health funding are also starting to come in.

 

Senator Edward Kennedy Accepts Advocacy Leadership Award

This prestigious award recognizes a policymaker who has performed exceptional service in support of the Arthritis Foundation’s mission by advancing public policy and the Foundation’s legislative agenda on behalf of the 46 million Americans (including 300,000 children) with arthritis. 

Senator Kennedy spearheaded the introduction and support of the Arthritis Prevention Control and Cure Act, legislation that will strengthen arthritis research and public health initiatives, which would ensure that more people are diagnosed early and avoid pain and permanent disability.

 

 

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 Share the Experience 

Boarding the bus to Capitol HillBrowse through pictures of Advocates in action during Capitol Hill visits, the Advocacy Awards Dinner, and other moments captured from the Advocacy Summit.  If you were there, share the experience with others and upload your own pictures.  

Upload your videos to YouTube and tag them "arthritisadvocacy" and "advocacysummit2008" so others can easily find and view your efforts in Washington.

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How You Can Get Involved

You may not have made the trip to Washington, but you can still visit Congress.  Send a personalized message that includes a picture or even video to stress the impact that arthritis has on our nation.

 

 

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