Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., meets with Gardner resident Marta Howell during American Diabetes Association’s Capitol Hill Advocacy Day in mid-March. Submitted photo

Marta Howell, a diabetes advocacy leader from Gardner, visited with Capitol Hill in mid-March to urge Congress to make investments in diabetes research and prevention.
Howell joined diabetes advocates across the country in Washington, D.C. and thousands more who contacted their Congress members through phone and email.
Howell met with Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran and Rep. Kevin Yoder urging them to stop diabetes by supporting funding levels in 2013 for diabetes research and prevention programs at the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She also urged Congress to reauthorize the Special Diabetes Program.
Howell is a 12-year supporter of the American Diabetes Association and has been a diabetes advocate since 2010. She became involved with the American Diabetes Association due to the high rate of diabetes in her family.
The American Diabetes Association sponsors a Capitol Hill Advocacy Day each year.
“Our message on March 13 and every day, is to tell the federal government how important it is to invest in the fight to stop diabetes,” Hunter Limbaugh, Chair of the ADA Board, said. “Unless our country changes its course, it is estimated that one out of every three Americans will be living with diabetes by 2050. Congress must provide a stronger federal investment in diabetes research and public health initiatives now to save lives in the future.”
According to ADA statistics, 26 million Americans have diabetes. More than 164,000 of them are Kansas residents.