On July 28, 2022, the U.S. House of Representatives introduced the first-ever legislation solely devoted to ending Parkinson’s disease. The National Plan to End Parkinson's Act (H.R.8585) aims to unite the federal government with private enterprise to accomplish the following:
This bill will go through the traditional congressional process and will need to be voted on by the House. To make this happen, your Representative in the U.S. House needs to hear from you! Please send an email asking them to show their support for this bill by becoming a co-sponsor. (Source: the Michael J. Fox Foundation)
There are two ways to do this:
My name is (NAME), one of your constituents. I live in (TOWN). I am a (insert job/former job here).
I am writing to you to urge you to become a co-sponsor of HR8585, the National Plan to End Parkinson's Act, introduced in the House by Paul Tonko on July 28, 2022. I would also hope you would support this bill when it comes up for a vote.
Having been diagnosed with Parkinson's on (your specific date), I can tell you that the disease is life-changing, Currently I am experiencing (list stuff your body is doing to you, cost of drugs/gym memberships, how it's changed your retirement plans, etc.)
This is the first legislation of its kind and has monumental potential for accelerating a cure and caring for people and families living with Parkinson's. It may be too late for this legislation to affect me, but it could prevent and cure Parkinson's in the future.
Please support this life-changing bi-partisan legislation. If you or your staff would like to visit with me about the National Plan to End Parkinson's Act, you can reach me at (insert email), or call me at (insert phone number).
Thank you for your consideration.