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    National Call For Cures Day: Tuesday, July 13

    Dear CAMR Members,


    National Call for Cures Day

    Tuesday, July 13

    11:30 a.m.

    124 Dirksen Senate Office Building



    On Tuesday, July 13th at 11:30 a.m. in 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building there will be a press conference featuring U.S. Senators who will speak on why President Bush should expand the current stem cell research policy and will urge the American public to make their voices heard and call the White House. Following the Senators' remarks, all patients present will use their cell phones to call the White House. All local Washington, D.C. area patients are invited to attend the press conference.



    We are making a large grassroots effort to flood the White House Switchboard with calls urging the expansion of President Bush's current stem cell research policy. Urge your advocates to make their voices heard and call the White House at 202-456-1414. Please share the attached action alert with your advocates.



    Additionally, CAMR member organizations with chapters who wish to contact their local media around the "National Call for Cures Day" should contact Julie Kimbrough at juliekimbrough@earthlink.net for a sample press release.



    Urgent Action Alert


    CALL THE WHITE HOUSE - EXPAND STEM CELL RESEARCH!



    Momentum is building to expand the current federal embryonic stem cell research policy.



    On August 9th, 2001 the Administration announced a policy to permit limited funding of embryonic stem cell research, (funding only on stem cell lines derived prior to the date of the President's announcement). However, this policy has proven too limiting, and the U.S. National Institutes of Health now says that expanding the policy will speed research.



    Embryonic stem cells are special cells that can develop into every type of cell in the human body and could potentially be grown into differentiated cells to treat individuals suffering from a variety of injuries and diseases such as, paralysis, Parkinson's, juvenile diabetes, ALS, Alzheimer's, and countless others.



    These stem cells come from excess frozen embryos in fertility clinics, donated by couples who no longer want or need them because they have finished their fertility treatments. More than 400,000 embryos are currently frozen; if they cannot be used for stem cell research, they will be discarded.



    The Bush Administration has the power to expand this policy. We need you to call the White House today to urge the Administration to help find cures by expanding stem cell research.



    Please call the White House Switchboard any time next Tuesday and Wednesday July 13 and 14, particularly from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, at 202-456-1414.



    Additionally, on Tuesday, July 13th at 11:30 a.m. in 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building there will be a press conference featuring U.S. Senators who will speak on why President Bush should expand the current stem cell research policy and will urge the American public to make their voices heard and call the White House. Following the Senators' remarks, all patients present will use their cell phones to call the White House. All local Washington, D.C. area patients are invited to attend the press conference.



    Please use the information below when calling the White House. Also, please share this with your friends and family.



    Talking Points:

    As a voting American, I am calling to ask President Bush to expand his policy on embryonic stem cell research and allow scientists to explore the full promise of this research.



    Explain your personal story and why finding a cure is important to you.



    Embryonic stem cell research has the potential to treat and better understand Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, diabetes, spinal cord injury, and a host of other diseases.



    Currently the NIH says only 19 stem cell lines are available, far short of the more than 60 plus lines that the Bush Administration in 2001 estimated to be suitable and available for research under their policy.



    I strongly urge the President to help us find a cure for over 100 million Americans who suffer from diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, spinal cord injuries, autoimmune diseases, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis.



    CALL THE WHITE HOUSE - EXPAND STEM CELL RESEARCH!



    For more information about embryonic stem cell research, please visit www.camradvocacy.org.
    "We have lost so much time already" - Nancy Reagan

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    Faye,

    I am programming this number into my cell phone.

    Wise.

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    Thank you Dr. Young!

    Everyone else, please program the White House comment number into your cell phone also.

    And keep dialing even if it's busy!!!



    "We have lost so much time already" - Nancy Reagan

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    PLEASE NOTE
    The press conference has been cancelled but the call in is still schedualed.

    "A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles"....C. Reeve 1998


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    Just an idea...Send a copy of this post to friends and family and ask them to call too.

    I sent this to everyone in my address book last night and by the time I got up this morning, I had email from 10 friends already, saying that they would make the call on my behalf. A lot of them didn't realize that stem cell research would help spinal cord injuries also.

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    Just a reminder to everyone that todays the day to call!! I made my call and got a direct number to the comment line It's

    202-456-1111

    It's quick and easy. I was on the phone for a total of about 7 minutes. You do actually speak to a live person and not just a recording.

    Tina
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