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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

Aug 22, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 18, 2016 Kaylin Garcia
Aug 18, 2016 Janice French Let's keep momentum going on eradicating things like diabetes and Alzheimer's!
Aug 18, 2016 Tim McClure
Aug 18, 2016 Clifford Guyette Please don't cut research funding, a cure for this disease is essential for those living their lives with T1D! My 12 yr old grandson has been living with this since his 6th birthday. A cure must be found, please help.
Aug 18, 2016 Nicole Hillesland Please keep research going. To find a cure for type one diabetes is all i all for, everyday for 34 years now( 34 years is how long i have been type1) it is impossible to make anyone understand what we go through. It is miserable. Please help!!!!
Aug 18, 2016 Wilma Betler My grandson has had diabetes since he was 17 months old. He is 20 now. We need a cure.
Aug 18, 2016 Keith Barnhart Please help us
Aug 17, 2016 Sheryl Pulver
Aug 17, 2016 Eileen Cross We need more research to help us manage our type 1 diabetes. I am at the point where my body doesn't wake me up when I have low blood glucose. I now work and have good insurance to have a continuos monitoring system but when I retire I won't have that
Aug 14, 2016 Nicholas Donnelly
Aug 13, 2016 Jody Gentles
Aug 12, 2016 linda ott Don't decrease spending in any way for Diabetes Types 1 and 2.
Aug 11, 2016 Anne DeGeorge
Aug 10, 2016 Erich Bauman
Aug 9, 2016 Barbara Y Campbell
Aug 8, 2016 (Name not displayed) How can you not continue funding?? A cure is soon!!
Aug 8, 2016 Brenda Gambill
Aug 8, 2016 Renate Sharp
Aug 8, 2016 (Name not displayed) We need more research on type 1+
Aug 8, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 8, 2016 Jeremy Gilcher
Aug 8, 2016 beth clark please keep it going!!! I've had this "monster" for almost 40 years now and I have no sensation of mine going low. Mine seem to hit me while I'm asleep. My husband then haas to try and revive me before it's too late. Please!!!
Aug 8, 2016 Sandi Hostetler I have had type 1 Diabetes for 40 years its time for a cure
Aug 8, 2016 Janine Cortez My daughter is type one diabetic has been since 5 years old now 18 we all need a cure!
Aug 8, 2016 (Name not displayed) 27 years Type 1 please continue to research for a cure
Aug 8, 2016 Kirk Price
Aug 8, 2016 Carol Corna
Aug 8, 2016 Brenda Bokman 2 children type 1
Aug 7, 2016 Brandon Keller It's time to take this disease and show it whose really the boss I want to offer myself to finding the cure
Aug 7, 2016 Elisabeth Svensson Please fond a cure
Aug 7, 2016 curtis henry Keep funding diabetes type 1 and 2. Please.
Aug 7, 2016 E. Hodgdon
Aug 7, 2016 Tammie Gillespie
Aug 5, 2016 Kaye Salikof
Aug 3, 2016 Douglas Mackemer Please keep diabetes research funding in place. My childs life depends on it. thank you.
Aug 1, 2016 Santiago Mendoza Please keep the funds going.
Aug 1, 2016 Tina Millay I have Type 1 Diabetes we need a cure
Aug 1, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 1, 2016 April Reyes
Jul 30, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 30, 2016 Linette Caballero
Jul 28, 2016 Debbie Cogdilk Research is the future for all diabetics. Don't cut funding to help find a cure please!
Jul 28, 2016 (Name not displayed) Please do not cut any funding for T1 Diebetes research. If you have ever lived with a T1 diabetic child you would increase support, not cut. This disease can be conquered! Help do it!
Jul 26, 2016 john confar
Jul 26, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 26, 2016 leslie Fluegel
Jul 26, 2016 (Name not displayed) At 59 I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, what a surprise that was. You cannot imagine how much my life as changed since then. Please continue to fund the research we so desperately need to get rid of this disease.
Jul 26, 2016 Danis Brown
Jul 26, 2016 Frances Pivovonsky

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