What is the NF Network Advocacy Program
2019 NF Network Advocacy Program – Kim Bischoff, Executive Director of the Neurofibromatosis Network
Since 1996, Kim Bischoff has led the charge on Washington as we advocate for securing federal funding for NF research. In addition to her role as Executive Director, Kim sits on the CDMRP panel as a consumer and has done both peer review and programmatic review for the last 8 years. Kim, along with 83 advocates from 23 states, attended the Hill visit on February 11-13th this year with the NF Network Advocacy Program. Kim shares her story and experience of how she is spreading awareness and advocating for federal funds for NF research with her interview above.
NF Network Advocacy Program
The NF Network Advocacy Program is the leading national Neurofibromatosis advocacy program working to secure federal funds for neurofibromatosis research. The program consists of several NF patient advocacy organizations coming together as one voice on Capitol Hill, educating Congress about NF and the importance of continued research funding. The program is advised by a Leadership Council and attended by NF patient organizations and individual participants from across the country.
For the past 20 years, a diverse and impassioned group of volunteers for the NF Network Advocacy Program have flooded the halls of the U.S. House and Senate buildings to educate our congressional leaders about the importance of federal NF research funding. Advocates participating in this program are the proud, loud voice of the NF community on Capitol Hill and have been instrumental in generating over $340 million dedicated to NF research!
Since 1996, NF research has been funded through two vehicles:
Funded research led to the creation of the NF Clinical Trials Consortium a group of 21 clinical sites worldwide, with an operational center to analyze data.
NF advocates urge their Senators and Representatives to support NF research funding through the CDMRP and the NIH. Continued Congressional funding is critical to the clinical trials that may ultimately lead to treatments and a cure for NF and related disorders. It is because of the hard work– and with the support of–NF advocates that funding these programs has become possible.
By signing up to receive the NF Advocacy Action alerts, you can play a vital role in securing federal funding for NF research. Are you interested in joining the Hill Visit Days or scheduling a meeting with the congressperson in your district? Call NF Network and we will assist you: 630-510-1115.