Goal- 3,000 Advocacy Day Letters. Print, Share, Sign. They Work
ListenUp is the National Infertility Awareness Week's (NIAW) theme for 2017. RMACT has a modest goal of 3,000 this year. 3,000 letters that tell our legislators that access to infertility health care is important to you- their constituents. 3,000 letters that tell our Representatives and Senators that we want IVF coverage for our Veterans wounded in service to be permanent. 3,000 letters that say that we support the Adoption Tax Credit as a way to help build families.
3,000 Letters- Let's Exceed That Goal
3,000 letters for us to bring to Washington on May 18, to Advocacy Day with Resolve. There are over 3.5 million people who live in Connecticut. One in eight couples who try to conceive will encounter difficulties in conceiving. You may be one of them. You may know one of them.
Or you may simply know how important your family is to you.That your children mean everything to you.
3,000 letters aren't a lot. If you sign one, then we only need 2,999. You may be done building your family and feel comfortable sharing these letters with friends, family, co-workers. Or you may not. Please know that even signing one letter, for yourself, is all we really need you to do. We'll all do our part. Those of us who can go out and collect 100 letters will do just that. Those of us who can collect 1,000 letters- we'll do that. And for those of us who can sign one- we'll welcome that as well.
Resolve's Theme is ListenUp- National Infertility Awareness Week
ListenUp is the theme of National Infertility Awareness Week this year, from April 23-29. RMACT's NIAW Friends & Family Advocacy Day is on April 27. We hope to have reached or exceeded our goal by that night.
Here is an image from Advocacy Day last year, of then Congresswoman, now Senator Tammy Duckworth and Tyler Wilson, both wounded Veterans lobbying for IVF4Vets coverage. Tyler and Crystal Wilson are now celebrating the birth of their child and continue to support Resolve's efforts with the legislature.
Your Letters Worked!
So, please, print them, sign them, send them to us. These letters are going directly to your legislators. They will not be published anywhere, your name will not be shared anywhere.
Here are the step by step directions to print and sign these letters. It should take at most, about ten minutes.
Step By Step Directions for Letters
- Print a letter to Senator Blumenthal, sign and return to us
- Print a letter to Senator Murphy, sign and return to us
- Look at the Grid 2017 FINAL- to find your town and your Representative, print the appropriate letter, sign and return to us.
Of course, if you want to write more on these letters, that would be even better. However much or little you want to write- up to you.
All links to documents are at the end of the blog.
Make Sure That We Get Them
- Bring them to any of our offices and give them to our front desk team members in care of Lisa Rosenthal
- Mail them to us- RMACT-NIAW letters c/o Lisa Rosenthal, 761 Main Avenue, Suite 200, Norwalk, CT, 06851
- RSVP to NIAW Friends & Family Advocacy Evening on April 27 and bring them then.
About Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.