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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, 2016 Lisa Ofstedal
Oct 20, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Oct 13, 2016 Courtney Bisinger
Oct 13, 2016 Courtney Bisinger
Oct 13, 2016 Jodi Elliott Please don't cut funding! This is so important! Mom of a Type 1 son!!!
Oct 11, 2016 Oona deLoche
Oct 7, 2016 Donna Hartman
Oct 7, 2016 Florence Hawker My maternal grandmother died from diabetes. I have diabetes now, and a friend of mine, a young mother, had four or five children with diabetes. Research needs to be donee.
Oct 6, 2016 Moira Galarneau
Oct 6, 2016 Jennifer Frederick For Byron :)
Oct 6, 2016 Holly Ford
Oct 5, 2016 Kristi Banks Please continue multi year studies to treat Diabetes. Scientist need to spend their time doing studies not redoing federal paperwork yearly.
Oct 5, 2016 Mitzi Dempsey
Oct 1, 2016 Patty Dean
Sep 21, 2016 Kae De Ville
Sep 18, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 17, 2016 Michele Manuel
Sep 16, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 12, 2016 Tracy Ellison
Sep 12, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 12, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 12, 2016 Anthony Padovano
Sep 12, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 12, 2016 (Name not displayed) Would love a cure in my lifetime. I am T1 and have lost 2 siblings to this disease.Please do not cut precious funding.
Sep 12, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 12, 2016 Michelle Daly We need a cute now! The cost of diabetes is astronomical. More money needs to be spent on research for a cure!!
Sep 12, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 12, 2016 (Name not displayed) My daughter has type 1 and is now 27 years old. It's been a roller coaster ride and the costs have sky rocketed over the 18 years. She has her whole life in front of her and we need to find a cure for all that suffer.
Sep 12, 2016 Marcie Butler
Sep 12, 2016 (Name not displayed) My son and I both are insulin dependent .. Please
Sep 12, 2016 (Name not displayed) I have had Type1 Diabetes for 58 year.
Sep 12, 2016 Joyce Kimpton Please commit money to find a cure for diabetes. My six year old granddaughter thanks you.
Sep 12, 2016 gloria rivera
Sep 11, 2016 Jenny Harding As a type 1 diabetic for 37 years, I support continued funding for research for this disease. Please don't cut spending for research! Please!
Sep 10, 2016 William Sweigart This disease can be cured with the use of all the new technology in recent years.
Sep 10, 2016 Dana Nelson
Sep 4, 2016 Taleah Mitchell
Sep 2, 2016 Karen Sidley
Sep 2, 2016 Debi Crawford-Poyner
Sep 2, 2016 LuAnn Rodriquez After 63 years of living with Type 1, I am thrilled to hear of this possible cure! Please support the needed research!!!
Aug 28, 2016 (Name not displayed) The whole world is watching ghis amazing research programme pan out, to me, it's the most promising trial to date, and has the potential to help not just type 1 diabetes, but many many crippling autoimmune conditions. Please keep up the funding!
Aug 28, 2016 Debbie Elliott Although I am in Australia, continuing this research and it's funding will help mega-millions worldwide.
Aug 27, 2016 Bonnie Black
Aug 27, 2016 (Name not displayed) We need a cure! We need less invasive ways of monitoring glucose levels. Please keep funds available for research!
Aug 27, 2016 Debbie Broman Don't cut the funding for Diabetes. These people are in great need for a curer. Diabetes is really hard on there bodies and causes them to have other diseases.
Aug 27, 2016 Ivanka Karagjozova Trchkova
Aug 26, 2016 David Reish
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!

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