Join me at the US Capitol in April

Big news. I have been appointed Chair of the Membership Committee of the Eating Disorders Coalition 's (EDC) Family & Friends Action network.

I support EDC because it really gets things done. They work for more education about EDs, better insurance coverage, an equitable share of research funds, and for eating disorders to be included among legislative priorities. They do this for all of us, the families and sufferers.

This is my invitation to you and your family to join me on April 9 & 10 for EDC LOBBY DAY in Washington DC. I'm gathering an "Around the Dinner Table" contingent for the event.

My daughter and I did Lobby Day a few years ago. We heard Hillary Clinton talk about eating disorders and we got to meet so many fine people - some had lobbied before, most had not. This year Miss America, Kirsten Haglund, will be there lobbying along with us.

While we are there, we'll network and share a meal together. I've got a gold fork for you, and I want to hear your story and learn what you want activists like me to do.

I promise you that the EDC makes it simple and empowering. Not once will you be quizzed on what you remember from Civics class. You need no experience, no particular skills: just the willingness to join a delegation of fellow citizens to visit a legislator's office to tell your story. Legislators, it is said, respond to an issue when they get more than five citizen contacts. You will have a real impact.

Closer to the date, I'm going to ask you to support Lobby Day in other ways: by sending letters, by calling your legislators.

If you have money to donate but not time to come, contact me to sponsor someone's breakfast or defray travel costs. If you have the time to come but not the money, contact me.

I'm glad to help arrange roommates if you want to save your money for, well, meals. Live in the DC area and have a sleeper sofa - share it!

Register now: EDC LOBBY DAY, and put "Around The Dinner Table" on your name tag. Then email me so we can coordinate our contingent. Let's show Congress that our children matter, and parents care.


  1. I'm definitely going. I may have a sofa available for someone who likes cats and is willing to take the train from Baltimore (it's an hour from my apt to Union Station). The train is $7 each way. Email me at if you're interesting in commuting with me.

  2. Congratulations Laura! I'm going to look into this and see if I can make it out there. I'd love to be a part of the EDC Lobby Day. - Bridget

  3. I'll be there with Carrie. So I've reserved the sofa, if Aria, her kitty, will share. Looking forward to seeing you there.



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