Friday, November 4, 2011

The Run Hits Capitol Hill

By Dennis Godby, ND, MA

The Run: Moving Natural Medicine Forward has just left Washington, D.C., seven days from the first end of The Run in New York City 11-11-11 (Veteran's Day), and just 15 days from the end in Bridgeport, CT (11/17/11)!

We left Capitol Hill at 5 pm on Wednesday after a full day of meetings and photo opportunities with ten Members of Congress (Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA), Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY), Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-NY), Rep. Larry Bucshon, MD (R-IN), Rep. Lacy Clay (D-MO), Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), Rep. Tim Johnson (R-IL), and their staffs, exhausted, but extremely grateful for a wonderful, action-packed day! The staff and Members of Congress were extremely enthusiastic about The Run and our message!

1,000 thank yous to Matthew Santoro of the AANP, who made the meetings possible by setting up the appointments and doing the follow-ups for us. Also, many thanks to AANP Executive Director Karen Howard for her support of The Run. On Thursday, we talked to an additional nine Members of Congress!

Without Matthew contacting the Members of Congress in the districts and states that we ran through, the meetings would have never taken place. Also, Matthew stayed with us both days, helping us to navigate the various Congressional buildings, dealing with necessary changes in schedules, etc.

Thank you Matthew, Karen and AANP for their fantastic support of The Run!

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