The holidays are over, so that means it is time to hit the ground running again for the Promise Campaign! We have 271 meetings, and still another week and a half left of recess. I am excited to see what our total will be for this month now that the craziness of the holiday season is done! We will be back with even more Promise information next week, but in the meantime, check out our latest list of recently completed meetings below:
On behalf of the Promise Campaign Co-Chairs and JDRF Advocacy staff, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your hard work throughout the Campaign thus far. We have hit a number of Campaign milestones this year already, from getting a record number of meetings in August to hitting our midway goal of 250 meetings one month early. These accomplishments are all due to the unfailing activism of advocates like you across the country. A successful Promise Campaign is the best gift we could ask for this holiday season!
Earlier today, Hasan reminded you to thank your Member of Congress for helping to get the FDA to release encouraging draft guidance for the artificial pancreas. Now that you have sent your email to your Senators and Representative, you can thank them in person in your Promise meetings! Check out the list of recently posted meeting summaries below.
Earlier today, Hasan asked you to thank the FDA for releasing encouraging draft guidance for the artificial pancreas. I wanted to show you how our advocates are thanking their Members of Congress as well: in their Promise meetings! This week's meeting digest is our biggest yet, and it shows advocates across the nation thanking their Members of Congress for their help in advancing the artificial pancreas. Check out the list of recently posted summaries below.
JDRF advocates across the country accomplished an enormous feat by reaching our goal of 250 Promise Campaign meetings one month early! We initially set this goal for December 31, but we accomplished it on November 30. However, that doesn't mean we can let up yet! We still need to reach our overall goal of 432 meetings with Members of Congress.
What could be better than watching football after eating turkey on Thanksgiving Day? Reading inspiring stories from JDRF advocates while you do it! Even though Thanksgiving isn't until tomorrow, I wanted to make sure to get you the latest list of recently posted Promise Campaign meeting summaries before our office closed for the holiday. That way you can get a head start on reading through it before the turkey-induced naps set in!
The meeting digest will be back on its regular Thursday schedule next week. For now, check out the holiday edition of the digest below, and don't forget to sign up to attend a meeting of your own while you are on the Promise website!
As we push forward with our Promise activities for Diabetes Awareness Month (241 meetings...only 9 more to hit 250!), I wanted to share a video we received a short while ago from one of our Grassroots Leadership Team members, Michelle Crouse. Michelle was the Promise Co-chair for the South in 2009-10, and she is nothing short of a rock star for JDRF. Michelle attended the meeting with Representative Robert Aderholt (AL-1) in October, but her son Cameron is the one who ended up being a star! Check out how Cameron was able get the Representative to go the extra mile in the video:
Did you watch the World Diabetes Day webcast yesterday? If you did, you heard all about how important it is to be an advocate. Not only were advocates integral in getting the Special Diabetes Program last year, but they have also been one of the keys to success for the artificial pancreas advocacy campaign this fall. After hearing about all of the great things that advocates have helped accomplish, it is hard not to be inspired to do some advocating of your own!
Over the past month and a half, over 100,000 of you have voiced your support for the artificial pancreas by signing the petition to the FDA. Many of you have also asked what this has to do with Promise meetings. In fact, Promise meetings are a great complement to adding your signature!
Attending a Promise meeting gives you the chance to add more power behind your signature by telling your Member of Congress directly about the need for guidance from the FDA for outpatient trials of the artificial pancreas. As a result of your meeting, your Member of Congress may even call the FDA directly or make a statement on the House or Senate floor in support of your efforts!