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Only months after helping the Miami Heat win the 2013 NBA title this past June, NBA star Ray Allen is now putting the drive and energy he had on the court towards advocating the need to keep and increase funding for diabetes research on Capitol Hill.

The Special Diabetes Program, which has been funding type 1 research since 1997, is currently in danger of government funding cut backs. Allen's six-year-old son, Walker, is one of three million Americans living with type 1 diabetes who hope this funding can bring about a cure in their lifetime.

Since 2004, the U.S. government has dispersed $150 million towards type 1 and type 2 diabetes related efforts. However, to rework government budgets, Congress is now looking into transitioning funding from a 3-year grant to a single-year renewable program.

Let's speak up for type 1 diabetes research and keep the momentum going! Sign this petition to tell U.S. Senator Bill Neslon (FL), chair of the Special Committee on Aging and Senator Patty Murray (WA), chair of Senate Budget Committee of the importance for multi-year funding to make headway in type 1 diabetes research.

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To Senator Bill Nelson and Senator Patty Murray,

Type 1 diabetes, a growing condition that is affecting over three million Americans each year. We have recently heard that you may cut back on the Special Diabetes Program which helps fund type 1 diabetes research.

This has left many type 1 research supporters worried about  the change slowing down the progress researchers have made.

Now is not the time to cut funding. Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are the leading cause of kidney failure, blindness in adults and amputations. By keeping the multi-year grant, researchers will be able to continue clinical trials and research which will get us steps closer to a type 1 cure and type 2 drugs that can reverse diabetes risks such as most recent drug Lucentis, that is now reversing diabetes-related eye damage.

The health and future of over 18 million Americans diagnosed with diabetes is in your hands, please reconsider cutting back on diabetes research funding and realize the importance it has on our nations health.

Thank you for your reconsideration.

Petition Signatures

Jul 4, 2015 Carolyn Barker
Jul 3, 2015 john chambers
Jul 3, 2015 Kris Asmussen Funding for Diabetes is critical, do not let individuals and families that are afflicted by this disease down!!
Jul 3, 2015 Gary Gatekt
Jul 3, 2015 Jose Barrios
Jul 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 3, 2015 Catherine Fields
Jul 3, 2015 Marisol Dominguez
Jul 3, 2015 Rita Addison Research for prevention and a cure are critical. Cost of insulin has risen beyond most families budgets as well. Please seriously consider keeping the multi-year research grants. Thank you.
Jul 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 2, 2015 Saverio Ferrante Please keep diabetes research going
Jul 2, 2015 Lisa Brenes I cannot begin to explain how this being passed would effect my entire family. Please put the efforts forward to make sure there is funding. No parent should have to have to watch their child suffer with this life long disease.
Jul 2, 2015 anita crisp
Jul 1, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 1, 2015 Shawnee Turek I have been a Type 1 Diabetic for 41 years. It would be so great to be able to live without monitoring my blood or calculating carbs for everything I put in my mouth, not to mention, not having to worry about the tragic side effects of diabetes.
Jul 1, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 1, 2015 (Name not displayed) Please help the Millions of Diabetics! I have had type 1 Diabetes for 40 years....All the shots, and finger sticks, constant attention needed for monitoring and self care! Please HELP us find a Cure, and Continue to Support Diabetic Research, for The Cur
Jul 1, 2015 Susan Valdez
Jul 1, 2015 Ann Shepley Please do not stop funding diabetes research.
Jul 1, 2015 Kim Low Please continue type 1 research I've been waiting 14 years for a cure for my daughter.
Jul 1, 2015 Ronnie Slate Please reconsider cut backs on funding for Diabetes 1 and 2 research! So many lives are at risk!
Jul 1, 2015 Shirley Shields
Jul 1, 2015 Sandra Gavin
Jul 1, 2015 Dana Chandler Please continue this research my husband and 5 year old are both type 1 diabetics.
Jul 1, 2015 Melanie hodges
Jul 1, 2015 Lori Wilson
Jul 1, 2015 Stephanie Stuckey
Jul 1, 2015 Pat Parent
Jul 1, 2015 Jennifer Bosco
Jul 1, 2015 Sherrie Higgins I support diabetes research. My son is 11 and he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 7. Please continue to everything you can to help my son and millions like him.
Jul 1, 2015 Tara Robinson
Jun 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 30, 2015 Sandra Warren We need more research on this horrible disease. How can they even think of cutting funding?!
Jun 30, 2015 (Name not displayed) You could be next with the disease
Jun 30, 2015 Deana Fawns My son is a type 1 diabetic and has been hospitalized 6 times since last April , 2014. He has a very difficult time with this awful disease. PLEASE, do not cut the research funding, I believe a cure is on the horizon. Increase funding but do not cut fund.
Jun 30, 2015 Steven Napoli
Jun 30, 2015 Mystie Harmon
Jun 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 30, 2015 Karen Ellis Here I am again begging for your continued support for improving or better yet curing this horrible disease. Thank you again.
Jun 30, 2015 Tami Noble
Jun 30, 2015 Brenda Steele
Jun 30, 2015 David Nahin
Jun 30, 2015 Pennye Galbraith I have no veins left
Jun 30, 2015 Barbara Welty Please keep the funding for diabetes research
Jun 30, 2015 (Name not displayed) Don't stop the research on diabetes 1 and type 2. Both my parents had diabetes my father went blind and on dialsys. My mother was on dialsys. Please don't stop. People are dieing please help
Jun 30, 2015 maryellen raineri
Jun 30, 2015 Todd Treadwell We need to continue to support diabetes research funding. This is a must!!
Jun 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
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