Capitol Campaign for the Cure
May 5, 1998
Diabetes is a silent killer. It is desperately in need of a CURE.
November 13, 1997
For Immediate Release.
Insulin and medications are life support, but not a cure. In 1994 there were 104 million people with diabetes worldwide. By the year 2010, researchers estimate the number will skyrocket to 239 million. It is the number one chronic disease affecting children today.
A grass-roots effort is under way to build support among millions of diabetics for a march in Washington, DC, next Spring. This Campaign has been initiated, planned, and implemented on the internet by people with diabetes, parents of children with diabetes, and their friends and families. In other words, by those who must live with this life-long, incurable disease, 24 hrs./day, 365 days/year...no vacations, no time off for good behavior. The march in Washington will focus attention on the serious consequences of diabetes and the need for cures now. This is not a fund raiser or an effort to promote any organization! It will UNIFY the diabetes community, to lift our voices and demand a CURE now!
Diabetes is often viewed as a "simple little sugar problem." This silent killer, is a leading cause of blindness, amputations, kidney failure, heart disease, stroke and other devastating complications.
The Gray ribbon is part of our logo and began with a small group of people who decided it was time to get the message across. Noting the success of other ribbon campaigns, this group realized that diabetics (and those who care about them) should have their own ribbon---with gray representing clouds (every cloud must have a silver lining) and with the stone symbolizing the multiple daily blood tests now considered an essential part of control.
HELP FIND THAT SILVER LINING....A CURE!
Please join us in Washington as we strive to motivate, activate and educate for CURE. Our voices need to be heard. We must not sit idly by while our lives, and the lives of those we love, are being destroyed by this disease. Together we can make sure this disease is beaten forever.
When: May 5th, 1998 Where: Capitol Hill Washington, D.C. Why: Basic research has laid the groundwork for diabetes research.
It is now time to move beyond basic research and redirect funding towards CURE research. Our elected officials must hear one strong voice.
Join us as we put human faces to diabetes in Washington. Please do whatever you have to do to March for a CURE on May 5th, 1998.
Media Contacts:United States
1-888-253-7144 (toll free U.S.)
- Art you may use to promote the campaign
- Background by Ron Brenners
- Websites with information about the campaign (from the Diabetes Monitor)
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