EMail from Harold Varmus to Christopher Reeve


Title:
EMail from Harold Varmus to Christopher Reeve
Creator:
Varmus, Harold
National Institutes of Health (U.S.). Office of the Director
Recipient:
Reeve, Christopher
Date:
28 August 1996
Description:
In 1996, actor Christopher Reeve, paralyzed in a riding accident a year earlier, began lobbying for more research into spinal cord injury. He got President Clinton to request $10 million of the NIH budget for this area, and several months later gave this speech to the Democratic National Convention. Varmus had visited Reeve in Bedford, NY several weeks earlier to help him write this address, which called on the politicians to address the needs of disabled Americans, especially by funding research into the causes and cures for disabling conditions. He noted that the government spends nearly $9 billion per year maintaining people with spinal cord injuries, but only $40 million on research that would help or even cure them.
Location:
Box: 7. Folder: 15
Rights:
Public Domain
Genre:
Electronic mail
Format:
Text
Extent:
2 pages
Language:
English
Legacy ID:
MVBBYM
NLM ID:
101584926X397
Profiles Collection:
The Harold Varmus Papers
Story Section:
Basic Science and Congressional Politics: NIH Director, 1993-1999