Breck attends diabetes rally Fifteen hundred concerned citizens, including hundreds of children, a former Miss America and an Olympic gold medalist, converged at the US Capitol March 21 urging Congress and President Clinton to fully fund diabetes research at $1 billion this year.
Advocates presented 3.2 million signatures, the largest number ever collected on a health care issue, in support of the recommendations of an independent, blue-ribbon panel established by Congress that called for a $1 billion diabetes research budget at the National Institutes of Health.
Sixteen million Americans have diabetes and each year nearly 200,000 die from it. ADA leaders say that even though diabetes kills four times more people than AIDS and breast cancer combined, the government spends six times more money on AIDS and breast cancer research than diabetes.
The Capitol Hill rally was also the largest gathering ever of young Americans affected by diabetes. Evelyn Breck of Vermillion was among the participants.