DALLAS, September 13, 2023 – Peyton and Courtney Bono of Dallas will join cardiovascular disease patients, survivors, caregivers, health care providers and scientists from across the country in Washington, D.C., this week to ask their elected representatives to support robust, sustained and predictable annual funding increases for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The advocates are part of You’re the Cure, the national grassroots network of the American Heart Association, a global force for longer, healthier lives and will unite with more than 350 national organizations and institutions for the 11th Annual Rally for Medical Research.

Attendees will urge their members of Congress to continue their steadfast support for NIH by providing the agency the highest possible increase to the NIH base budget in fiscal year (FY) 2024. The medical research community has recommended at least $51 billion and urges Congress to appropriate no less than the Senate mark of $49.22 million.

“As a survivor, I have seen firsthand the impact that medical research has on cardiovascular patients and those facing countless health challenges,” said Peyton. “As Congress continues to work on many important issues, I urge my representatives in Washington to support robust funding growth for the NIH in fiscal year 2024.”

Peyton, a 17-year-old senior, was born with a congenital heart defect and her experiences have fostered a passion for public health and disability advocacy, fighting for research to help kids like her.

The Rally for Medical Research initiative was launched in April 2013 to bring together the entire medical research community to urge Congress to make NIH funding a national priority. Through the annual Hill Day, the Rally for Medical Research continues to raise awareness about the critical need for continued investment in NIH to improve health, spur progress, inspire hope and save lives.

“We are fortunate to have Peyton and Courtney traveling to Washington to share their personal story with our elected representatives and put a face to the importance of robust funding for NIH research,” said Senior Region Grassroots Lead Allison Hogue. “We hope the passion Peyton and Courtney bring to Capitol Hill will move our lawmakers to support lifesaving research that leads to longer, healthier lives.”


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