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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

Oct 21, 2014 April LaDuke
Oct 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 21, 2014 Vanesa Valdes
Oct 21, 2014 LISA BROWN I am a mother of a type1 resilient young man. Dxd at age 5 1/2 on 2/24/04, a day we were told he might not wake up from DKA. He is now 16 years old and as amazing as ever.
Oct 21, 2014 Sharman Woll Please continue to work on this disease as it affects millions of people all over the world. Thank You. I also have diabetes - Type II
Oct 21, 2014 Barbara Lovett
Oct 21, 2014 Lisa Brooks
Oct 21, 2014 Bruce Fulcher Research is a major factor for discovering new medicines and cures. Diabetes is no different then any other illness. Keep funding this research!
Oct 21, 2014 John Everett
Oct 21, 2014 Beth Fulcher There are too many people that this research could help. Don't cut back now. Fund this to help find a cure.
Oct 18, 2014 Elsie Cranford Please fund diabetic research
Oct 18, 2014 Rochelle Davila
Oct 17, 2014 Julie Mikkelsen
Oct 15, 2014 Ken Holloway
Oct 13, 2014 kim washburn please,it's money and time well spent
Oct 11, 2014 stacy hatton
Oct 9, 2014 Linda Wheeldon
Oct 8, 2014 Beverly Doty
Oct 7, 2014 Sarah Fisher
Oct 7, 2014 Laurie Bennett
Oct 7, 2014 Marilyn Rabens
Oct 7, 2014 Jody Lewis-Zajac
Oct 7, 2014 Lisa Popovitch
Oct 7, 2014 (Name not displayed) My grandson (20 years old) has this dreaded disease. hope and pray there is found a CURE soon not only for this but other diseases as well. God bless us all HE is doing well though and I thank God for that
Oct 5, 2014 Justine Sesko I am tired of living with this disease and medical companies and insurance companies taking all of my well earned money
Oct 3, 2014 Shanna Warren I am type 2 but I support a cure for all types I pray in my life time to see a cure of this terrible disease..
Oct 3, 2014 Brenda Roberts
Oct 2, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 2, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 1, 2014 Sonya Williams
Oct 1, 2014 Kami Tullos Please keep funding research make diabetes a thing of the past
Oct 1, 2014 Sheila Knowles
Oct 1, 2014 Azelia Tummelson
Sep 30, 2014 R. Roberts
Sep 30, 2014 Angela Sorenson Please do not cut the very funding that could find a cure for me and so many other type 1 diabetics. We did not get diabetes because of anything we have done, don't punish us further by taking the support to find a cure.
Sep 29, 2014 John Richards
Sep 29, 2014 heather boylston
Sep 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 28, 2014 Baily Luna
Sep 28, 2014 Valynn Blume
Sep 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 28, 2014 Nanci Bolas
Sep 28, 2014 Richard Bosboom
Sep 27, 2014 Ellen Collins
Sep 27, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please reconsider cutting funding for type 1 diabetes. Research is needed to help find a cure.
Sep 27, 2014 Matthew Gallagher Please reconsider cutting the funding for Type 1 & 2 research. It's money well spent on progressive and preventive medical research. Cut military spending instead.
Sep 26, 2014 Nancy Good
Sep 26, 2014 Angela Mitchell I am diabetic
Sep 26, 2014 Mary Kerr
Sep 25, 2014 Maria Simao

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