Two Newberg residents were part of a 12-person team of Oregonians who recently ventured to Washington, D.C., to meet with the state delegation during the 2019 Alzheimer's Impact Movement Advocacy Forum.
Carol and Gary Hankins were part of a group of more than 1,000 people from across the country who converged on the nation's capital from March 31 to April 2 for the forum, urging members of Congress to invest in combatting Alzheimer's disease. The forum is a major advocacy event to raise awareness and increase congressional support for policies to improve the lives of the millions of Americans with the disease.
The Hankins' and the 10 other Oregonians met on Capitol Hill with Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and Reps. Suzanne Bonamici, Greg Walden, Earl Blumenauer, Peter DeFazio and Kurt Schrader. The advocates discussed several things with their congressional leaders, including the impact of legislative policies focused on providing researchers, healthcare professionals, caregivers and individuals with the educational tools and resources necessary to meaningfully combat the disease.
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