- Posted October 3, 2013 by
Albuquerque, New Mexico
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Shutdown over: What next?
Give us a chance to discover tomorrow's cures
In the end, we are all accountable for the choices that we make. When we declare a life of service to mankind, it doesn't take a day off and we can't pretend that those less fortunate do not exist. We have to act as adults and put our own agendas aside for the greater good of mankind. Whether or not you support the legislation, there is a dramatic need to improve medical care and therapeutic treatments for all people regardless of race, gender, age, or income level.
With that said, I'm not a government employee and today I found out that without NIH monies, I will start furlough next week. I only have enough money to support the non-salaried completion of an already initiated therapeutic study. To be on the hunt for something incredible and have to watch it end before it reaches the bedside, it's beyond unbearable and the American people deserve better from their government. Each moment that passes, is a moment that a highly promising investigational medicine is delayed.
On a personal level, my family and I are a one income, paycheck to paycheck household. Until the government resumes normal operations, my hard fought NIH funding no longer exists. Hardest part is having to tell my employees who depend on the funding for their salary, that they will need to be furloughed indefinitely starting next week.
As a small whisper in a sea of voices, "Please help us. Give us a chance to help."