April 30, 2007

The American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA), the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), and member organizations of the National Sleep Awareness Roundtable (NSART) are seeking funding for sleep activities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this year, and they need the help of Florida voters to gain the support of Senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla) for this initiative.

If approved by Congress, the money will allow the CDC to start data collection and surveillance activities, create education and awareness materials for the public and health care professionals, and establish fellowship opportunities for promising researchers at universities and colleges.

The group has identified Sen Nelson as a key Congressional member who could support this initiative and have been communicating with his office for the last few months. They believe that support and leadership from Sen Nelson can be gained if his constituents in the Florida sleep community contact him and ask him to back sleep research.

Floridians who wish to help cement Sen Nelson’s support for sleep research are encouraged to call, email, or fax his office. For more information, and to easily send an email, visit [removed]www.sleepapnea.org/advocacy[/removed].