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Last Updated:Sunday 10 February 2013, 14:49

Message from Senator Chambliss

Dear Mr. Walker:
Thank you for contacting me regarding future funding levels for diabetes research programs. It is good to hear from you.

As you know, diabetes is a devastating disease that is growing at an epidemic speed. In 1980, 5.76 million Americans were diagnosed with diabetes. Currently, The American Diabetes Association reports that 25.8 million Americans have diabetes.

I am committed to ensuring that all Americans with diabetes have access to the necessary care required to combat the disease. It is also important that we continue to devote adequate resources to diabetes research. Recently, I signed a letter sent to the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration urging them to move quickly on the next phase of research for the artificial pancreas. This device is an important advancement in medical technology that could reduce the complications that individuals with diabetes face on a daily basis by enabling patients to monitor and control their glucose levels with more accuracy and precision.

The final fiscal year (FY) 2011 Continuing Resolution included $30.7 billion for the National Institute of Health (NIH), and the President's proposed budget for FY 2012 includes $31.83 billion for the NIH and $5.89 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). I understand the vital importance of the roles the NIH and CDC play in our country's constant battle to find cures for not only terminal diseases, but also the non-life threatening diseases that many Americans struggle with on a daily basis.

I believe that Congress must take a thorough look at the entire federal budget to find ways to resolve our nation's fiscal crisis. As we seek to make these difficult decisions and the Senate proceeds to consideration of the FY 2012 budget, I will keep your thoughts and views in mind.

If you would like to receive timely email alerts regarding the latest congressional actions and my weekly e-newsletter, please sign up via my web site at: www.chambliss.senate.gov.

Please let me know whenever I may be of assistance.

ADAP Takes Diabetes Advocacy to South Africa

ATLANTA, GA., Thursday, September 20, 2012 ----On Sunday, September 23, 2012, members of the Atlanta Diabetes & Prevention Group (ADPG) will travel to Capetown, South Africa, to participate in the Capetown Marathon.

Following Chicago, Paris and Rio de Janeiro, the 42 km Capetown run, which began in 2007, presents the fourth opportunity for ADPG to spread its message on the importance of diabetes awareness and prevention while lobbying the world for a cure.


Founded in 2011, by DeVry University & Phoenix University professor and former Atlanta School Board candidate--Donald Walker, ADPG is a non-profit, action oriented advocacy organization with a mission to: Provide literature to schools and communities; Lobby legislators for healthier school lunch meals; Push for international cooperation resulting in greater awareness and prevention of diabetes, along the way to a cure by calling attention to it all via marathons.


Walker is no stranger to Diabetes. Four years ago he collapsed into a coma, becoming insulin dependent. But after incorporating lifestyle and mindset changes into his daily living, Walker's participation in marathons is now far more than ADPG's mission. For him it's personal!


"As an organization, we are committed to running a marathon on every continent. We want others to know that through a modified diet, increased exercise, and greater education in the area of nutrition, diabetes can often be managed. With a carefully and professionally monitored philosophy of living, medications and needles are often eliminated from treatment," explains Walker.


Atlanta Diabetes & Prevention Group actively seeks volunteers and contributions in support of its mission and goals. By visiting www.atlantadap.org, you can help make a difference.


For your enjoyment and information about this “Action Non-Profit organization,” please visit the following link to a recent feature on running, as recently published in Business Traveler Magazine...


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