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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

Apr 16, 2014 (Name not displayed) I am a type 2 diabetic, please don't take away are finding!
Apr 16, 2014 savannah medina
Apr 16, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 16, 2014 (Name not displayed) My granddaughter has type 1. And needs a cure. Please don't cut funding for her and all the kids. They didn't ask for this disability. Please help their quality of life. Thank you.
Apr 16, 2014 Orlean Miller
Apr 16, 2014 Thelma wellman Please don't let this happen. Grandsons medication is already over $1000.00 dollars a month. Let them find a cure.
Apr 16, 2014 Barbara McDowell Please keep funding diabetes research - my daughter's life as well as many other's lives depend upon a cure!!
Apr 16, 2014 Kimberly Stevenson
Apr 16, 2014 Barbara Street
Apr 16, 2014 Janeen Shiran
Apr 16, 2014 Stephanie Fairfield Please don't give up on this research. Please understand the logistical impact of even changing a 3-yr grant to a 1-yr renewable program.
Apr 16, 2014 Jennifer Armentrout
Apr 16, 2014 Tammy Lane
Apr 16, 2014 Megan Kaniasty Don't give up on us. Keep researching.
Apr 16, 2014 Paul Oaks There are millions of diabetics in this country that require that research and have had their lives greatly improved by it please do not cut this program!!!!
Apr 16, 2014 Karen Rich Stop spending money on wars. It'
Apr 16, 2014 Kristin Smith I have been a diabetic for twenty years now and have lived through almost every possible scenario due to diabetes. I watch young children and know what they have in store for them. Find a cure this disease kills millions!
Apr 16, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 16, 2014 valerie hancock
Apr 16, 2014 (Name not displayed) I have an aunt and a sister in law with diabetes and I worry my kids can have it in their future, please keep this funded.
Apr 16, 2014 Paul Monhart II I have type 2 Diabetes and wish there was A cure
Apr 16, 2014 Kim Pycela
Apr 16, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 16, 2014 Brenda Hoyle
Apr 16, 2014 jacque wells They need to improve research I'm a type 1 diabetic myself
Apr 16, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 16, 2014 (Name not displayed) We need a cure. We need research. Thank you.
Apr 16, 2014 Em Moser Do you know how many people are affected by diabetes?? Do you know any of the complications of diabetes such as heart problems, stroke, loss of eye site? Come on now...
Apr 16, 2014 PAT DANCY Caring for a TYPE 1 diabetic is an exhausting and scary endeavor, especially for young parents. For the four diabetics in my family, I pray for a cure.
Apr 16, 2014 Denise Armstrong
Apr 16, 2014 Liz Vela
Apr 16, 2014 Michelle James
Apr 16, 2014 Travis Richter
Apr 16, 2014 Stacy Plummer
Apr 16, 2014 Julie Scalise Please help in funding for diabetes. I have had diabetes for 20+years and I would love to be CURED. DIABETES causes amputations, comas, DEATHS, kidney failure and many more horrible aspects in life. Please HELP in FUNDING Diabetes!
Apr 16, 2014 kellie jenkins
Apr 16, 2014 Amy Rogers Please do not cut funding for type 1 diabetes. It has become an epidemic and we are close to a cure!!
Apr 16, 2014 Jen Galvin worked in the medical field never knew involvent and dangerous t1diabetes is every two hour all effect levels roller coaster it different story if you were in my little girls shoes i hier a nurse and she calls me every hour and she's been a nurse 40yrs
Apr 16, 2014 Susan Bednarcik
Apr 16, 2014 Dyan Sarick
Apr 16, 2014 (Name not displayed) Diabetes and all of its complications are the 3rd leading cause of death. Many who have died from heart disease or kidney failure, actually had diabetes that triggered the heart and kidney diseases. It is an epidemic that needs to be stopped.
Apr 16, 2014 Kim Glover
Apr 16, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 16, 2014 Jennifer Roussin
Apr 16, 2014 Britni Reese
Apr 16, 2014 Jodi Cahill Please don't cut back! My son has endured this disease for 5 years and he is only 11.
Apr 16, 2014 andrew demuccio My Daughter is Type 1 ,this disease is on the rise and needs just as much time and money spent on finding a cure.
Apr 16, 2014 Darlene James
Apr 16, 2014 Lindsay Myers
Apr 16, 2014 April Velez Research for diabetes is too important to stop. Everyone affrected, including my son, need and deserve a cure.

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