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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

Jun 24, 2017 Jane Miller
Jun 24, 2017 Miriam Feehily
Jun 22, 2017 Barbara Johnson my daughter was diagnosed with T1Diabetes at age seven..she is now 13 and is so very tired of finger pokes to do a test. SAD Mama.
Jun 22, 2017 Darrin Flaim
Jun 21, 2017 fertikh salah la recherche est déja en panne
Jun 20, 2017 Vanessa Bourke I am type one diabetic. I look for support continuously. It would be a mistake and let down to the people if funding was cut. You are messing with people's lives. Instead of making cuts on health, make cuts on weapons and on military spending. Please.
Jun 17, 2017 Debbi Wood
Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
Jun 9, 2017 Agnes Hetzel
Jun 7, 2017 James Deschene
Jun 6, 2017 Baylee Markwell
Jun 5, 2017 Kyle Shepler Keep it going for people with diabetes like me if we stop funding we will have more diabetics in america
Jun 4, 2017 Nancy Millhorn
Jun 4, 2017 Norma Molina
Jun 4, 2017 Brandy Copsey
Jun 4, 2017 Christina Allen
Jun 4, 2017 (Name not displayed) I have been a type 1 diabetic for almost 50 years suffering every possible complication. I am now on a pump and a sensor and am better controlled. I hope no one has to suffer this horrible disease in the future. Need to continue research.
Jun 4, 2017 b reid more health, less war. breid
Jun 3, 2017 Jill Asselin
Jun 3, 2017 Roxann Bennett
Jun 3, 2017 Kathleen Dudley Please continue to fund the much needed research for diabetes.
Jun 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 3, 2017 Lynn O'Connor we need to find a cure sooner then later. Please keep the funding.
Jun 3, 2017 Debbie Smith I've been diabetic 57 years.It has been VERY expensive to live with this disease. We need a cure for all those with this horrible disease. DON'T CUT THE FUNDING FOR THE RESEARCH.
Jun 3, 2017 Serge Szwajder
May 31, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 30, 2017 Teresa Kohl
May 30, 2017 Nicole Honeycutt
May 30, 2017 margaret petrangelo Please continue to fund research for type 1 Diabetes!
May 30, 2017 Cindy Poteat For Lauren Dickerson
May 30, 2017 Susan Tasker This disease has cost so much in lives as well as money. This would be cost savings to the world in the long run. Please consider funding this research.
May 30, 2017 Carley Helms For Lauren
May 30, 2017 Karen Rose
May 29, 2017 Marcell Brits Please keep funding them.
May 29, 2017 Patricia Barone
May 29, 2017 Donita Poteat
May 29, 2017 Lauren Dickerson
May 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 29, 2017 Kym Webb Please support this!
May 29, 2017 Diane Bessman
May 24, 2017 sandra Morrow Kill this disease!!!!!
May 24, 2017 Daria DiMichele
May 22, 2017 Ben Derr
May 21, 2017 Treanna Snyder I have type 1 diabetes for 42 years and want to enjoy future grandchildren like everyone else and not be afraid of not waking up in the morning or crashing my car killing myself or others. Costs of insulin and other supplies and insurance is insane.
May 21, 2017 Joseph Brokos
May 21, 2017 Beth Haager Cure please!!!! Release a cure
May 21, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please help us!!!
May 20, 2017 Quinn LaMunyon Please fund research into curing diabetes. It will save billions in medical costs if we find s cure. Please.
May 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2017 Shirley Troia

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