When Elisabeth Williams, who works with PHA's grass roots advocacy and awareness efforts, told me the story of what Dick Turnsall had accomplished in working with his member of Congress, I thought it carried a great message on what one person, sticking with it, can accomplish. Thanks Dick for what you've taught us and Elisabeth for sharing his story in your guest blog.
H.R. 1030 the Tom Lantos Pulmonary Hypertension Research and Education Act of 2009.
The road began in July 2009, when Dick started working with Representative Himes’ staff to schedule a visit with Mr. Himes in his Washington D.C. office. After several months of back and forth, which included Dick inviting Representative Himes to his Support Group meeting, Dick met with Himes in October 2009. The meeting was very successful--Representative Himes expressed interest in co-sponsoring H.R. 1030!
But the story doesn’t end there. By early March 2010, Tunstall was disappointed to find out that Representative Himes had still not signed onto H.R. 1030. Instead of giving up, Tunstall, persisted and followed up with Mr. Himes office again. The result of all of that hard work? As of May 24, 2010, Representative Jim Himes (D-CT) is officially listed as a co-sponsor on H.R. 1030.
Good work Dick—indeed, persistence does pay off!
Find out how you can help with the PH Research and Education Act in the House (H.R. 1030) and in the Senate (S. 2803). Click on Read About This Bill at the top or bottom of each page to find out whether your Member of Congress or Senators are co-sponsoring the PH Bill.. Learn more how you can connect with your own Member of Congress through the 435 Campaign