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Action Alert! As part of our activities around World Hepatitis Awareness Day, a sample letter has been created for people to use to write to their Senators/Representatives urging them to take leadership on HCV issues. Please consider sending to your networks, friends, family, etc. and ask them to take a few minutes to write a letter. They can email the letter to their Senators and Congressperson or mail to the district office. Mailing to the DC office is not recommended because of delays in delivering mail within the Capitol......:NAMESPACE PREFIX = O /> We will soon send an Action Alert preparing for our 5/19 "Call Congress" day. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Date The Honorable ____________ United States Senate/United States House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 (for Senate)/20510 (for House) Dear Senator/Representative________________ As we approach World Hepatitis Awareness Day, held on May 19th, I urge you to take a leadership role in the fight against the hepatitis C epidemic. Hepatitis C is the most common blood-borne chronic viral infection in the United States. Once exposed, most individuals remain persistently infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV), with 70% developing chronic liver disease and its often life-threatening conditions. At least 4 million Americans currently have chronic hepatitis C, with 25,000 new infections occurring every year. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that the death rate from HCV-related liver disease will triple by the year 2019. No other disease burden is expected to increase as rapidly as that of hepatitis C in the coming decade. Despite these staggering statistics, the federal government has not provided adequate funding or legislation to mount a comprehensive effort against the disease. Only $17 million is spent each year on viral hepatitis programs. This funding is not enough for states to provide testing, surveillance, prevention, and education services – let alone care and treatment for those in need. Write your personal statement here. Tell your story in 3-4 sentences. What is your connection to hepatitis C? There are two specific ways that you, as my elected representative, can help address this serious public health crisis. First, please support $50 million in Fiscal Year 2009 funding for the CDC's Division of Viral Hepatitis Programs. This would greatly help states to provide prevention services, testing, and hepatitis A and B vaccines. Second, please co-sponsor the "Hepatitis C Epidemic Control and Prevention Act," which would create a comprehensive effort by the federal government to address the HCV epidemic. Thank you for considering this request. Please keep me informed about your position on this issue. If you have any questions or need additional information, please let me know. Sincerely, Your Name.

This is my first train, I have been wanting to do this for a long time, as this cause is near to my heart, as you know if you have seen my sticky bully! Here is the link, plz read it, and repost? http://fubar.com/bulletins.php?b=1145358943 I will be happy to answer any questions that you may have about HepC, or put you in touch with someone who can, there are many ppl on this site whose lives have been altered and endangered by this virus...it is a worldwide pandemic, over 200 million known cases, and you may be at risk! Have a piercing or tattoo? Get tested! You must ASK to be tested or docs don't do it! Please rate this folder, only 50 pics, and comment on the last one...start with this pic please! After rating the folder, please add, rate, fan, and comment each of the following supporters! If they are already your friend, be certain than you re-rate and check that you have fanned them, and leave a comment, something like "I support HepC Awareness" or "Help find a cure for HepC" or you could use this ribbon... When other riders join the train, do not just accept the friend request, plz go to their page and rate, fan and comment, (or re-rate and comment) Above all, have fun, make new friends, and help make a difference! Have YOU been tested??? I have more info in my blogs if you want to know more about the Hepatitis C Virus! This is what your tag will look like...plz send a link to the pic of you that you would like for me to use, and the background can be whatever color you like...
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@ fubar Please send a private message after you have read bully, f/a/r'ed and commented all above you on the bully, and rated the HepC folder, and I will add you to the blog/bully and make your tag! Don't forget to send link to your pic for tag in a private message, no shoutbox links please! Please check my blogs for newly added advocates! http://fubar.com/blog/254918/904873 CinDragon

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Photobucket If you don't read another bulletin today, please take the time to read this one, and please repost! Thanks so much! I am so sorry that I have not been as active, and there for all of my friends, as I always try to be, but this HepC has finally got me really sick. I don't know if it has anything to do with getting a flu shot at my doc visit last week or if my system just can't fight this virus, only time will tell. I ask for prayers, for my health, and strength to fight this deadly virus, for a cure for HepC, for our damned government to allocate some funds for treatment of HepC, for all the people that are suffering from this damned virus! Photobucket
THIS IS IMPORTANT! PLEASE DO THIS! Please, if you don't do anything else, send an e-mail to your congressmen and senators, and ask them WHY there is no help for Hepatitis C Virus victims, when 10 times more people (about 200 million worldwide) have HepC than have HIV/AIDS? There are so many programs for them, but until we RAISE HELL about help for HepC, we will not get any! Every where I have been, I have been told there is nothing to help me... that I need a specialist....(with no money and no insurance, impossible!) that I need a biopsy before they can treat me....(again, no insurance and no money, impossible!) So please, please, please, take a few minutes away from bombing or rating or whatever it is that you do here, and send out those emails to all your senators and congressmen, and do it regularly! Until we start raising hell and keep raising hell, we will get no help..... I am also running a HepC Awareness train, see bully or blog to join us in supporting HepC Awareness! Thanks so much, I love you all! Cindy aka CinDragon Photobucket
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