Earlier today, OFA had a chance to send out a unique message from a special guest sender:
I'm Patricia, from Hallandale Beach, Florida (just a little north of Miami). Like you, I support President Obama, and I want to help his agenda become a reality.
Two years ago, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. I'm luckier than many -- I have insurance. But when I had to stop working because of the chemo, I could no longer afford my rapidly increasing health care insurance premiums. I went through my entire retirement savings, then had to start taking out loans from my bank to keep up. Now, with my credit drying up, I'm scared that I'll lose my home and my insurance.
This shouldn't happen in America. A bad diagnosis shouldn't have to mean that everything you've worked so hard to save, and all the plans you've made, are suddenly gone.
So that's why I'm working for real health care reform. Because no one should have to feel the anguish and fear I've felt constantly these last two years. Because this crisis needs to end -- and because I know that will only happen if each of us does our part.
Today, I'm asking you to join me and volunteer with Organizing for America. OFA volunteers are out there every day, talking to our neighbors, organizing community events, and doing everything we can to build the public awareness and support we'll need to pass reform this year.
Will you sign up to join a Health Care Canvass or Phonebank in your area this week?
As the President said on election night last November, "This victory alone is not the change we seek -- it is only the chance to make that change."
We all did a lot to get to this point, but now the real work truly begins. Just yesterday, a key Senate committee passed a strong health care bill, and earlier this week the House released legislation that reflects President Obama's principles for reform. We can't let up now.
So this week, I'll be contacting my neighbors, asking them to declare their support for the President's core principles of reform and then contact their representatives in Congress.
If you join me, and others all around the country do the same, our voices will be louder than the special interests and lobbyists who have preserved this awful system for so many years.
Please join me, and sign up today for a Health Care Canvass or Phonebank in your area.
Thank you for reading my story and considering my request,
Organizing for America Volunteer
Hallandale Beach, FL
P.S. -- If you can't make it to any events in your area, don't worry. You can still use Organizing for America's Neighbor to Neighbor tool to call folks near you.