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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

Dec 18, 2014 Stephanie Stephens Please my 7 year old son has diabetes .Please help us to help someone else. Medicine is expensive, but he needs it to stay alive. I love my son to the moon and back again so please help me to help him love peanuts mom
Dec 18, 2014 Earl Grover Please...
Dec 18, 2014 Bobbi Jo Warnock My son and I both have T1, I didn't realize how scary this disease was until he was diagnosed last year at the age of 18. I just found in October that I have it as well. We need a cure for this!
Dec 17, 2014 (Name not displayed) My daughter is 8 years old and was diagnosed with Type 1 one year ago on Thanksgiving.
Dec 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 17, 2014 garrett kaser please continue to fund the research and ways to combat this horrible disease. The day you stop funding the research should be the day this disease is wiped out.
Dec 17, 2014 Melissa Dick
Dec 17, 2014 Sharon Pierce
Dec 17, 2014 Laurie Roubal Please keep diabetes research funding!
Dec 17, 2014 Brian Shannon My son Gavin, who turned 4 years old in September 2014 was diagnosed on 10/13/14. Every day he tells us how much he wishes his diabetes would go away. Please don't cut this funding. Help my son and thousands of other children.
Dec 17, 2014 Jennifer Baker
Dec 17, 2014 Lisa Mehl Unless you have a child living with this dreadful disease every day of their lives, you cannot possibly imagine the fear or uncertainty we all experience. Please do not cut funding for diabetes research. Our childrens' lives depend upon it. Thank you.
Dec 17, 2014 linda rodriguez
Dec 17, 2014 Dawn Mojica
Dec 17, 2014 Judy Henry
Dec 17, 2014 laura lanz We are so close!!! Don't cut funding now!
Dec 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 17, 2014 Diane Capic
Dec 17, 2014 Darrell Teasley sr
Dec 17, 2014 Mick Friedel
Dec 17, 2014 (Name not displayed) I'm a type 2 diabetic....
Dec 16, 2014 Stew Lieberman How about more money for diabetes reach for our children and less money spent on the war machine, I call thst a win win
Dec 16, 2014 Justin Bradley Please do not cut funding for finding a cure, a lot of people are hopeful for a cure including my 13 year old daughter who was diagnosed at age 3!
Dec 16, 2014 Jodi Most Please continue to find Type 1 Diabetes Research. My baby became diabetic at 20 months of age. She battles this dreadful disease 24 hours a day.
Dec 16, 2014 Risa Pulver Type 1 Diabetes is an insidious autoimmune disease that needs to be cured. Only with continued research can this happen. Insulin is not a cure. WE need the continued support of the US government to fund research. This disease can be cured.
Dec 16, 2014 Robert Jackson I have been type 1 for 22 years. As a juvenile diabetic I know the struggle and hardship this disease presents you. I wouldn't wish this on any kid.
Dec 16, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 16, 2014 (Name not displayed) Do NOT cut back this funding!!!!
Dec 16, 2014 Mary Perez please continue the research for juvenile DM and DM itself
Dec 16, 2014 Erin Pierson Please keep the funding to find a cure for diabetes.
Dec 16, 2014 Chad Shelton We need more funding for a Cure!!!!
Dec 16, 2014 Heather Lanman A cure must be found for Diabetes, both Type1 and Type 2. This disease is a killer, and taking funds away, will kill many of us much quicker than what it may if we don't keep funding this research. You wouldn't want this to happen to you or a loved one.
Dec 16, 2014 Rachel Fleisner
Dec 16, 2014 John Fleisner
Dec 16, 2014 Alison Soltau
Dec 16, 2014 Nina Fleisner
Dec 16, 2014 (Name not displayed) I myself am a Type 1 diabetic. It is imminent and a priority to continue supporting diabetes research.
Dec 16, 2014 Robin Turner
Dec 16, 2014 Rena Lanter please help find a cure. No child should have to live with T1.
Dec 16, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please don't cut funding for diabetes research. My four year old son was diagnosed this year and I have so much hope for a cure in his lifetime. But we need research funds to find one.
Dec 16, 2014 Norma Fanning
Dec 16, 2014 Shannon Munroe
Dec 16, 2014 Kim Allaire
Dec 16, 2014 (Name not displayed) My 18 yr old son was diagnosed with type 1 at 14 & he lives with the worry of this disease every minute of his life.
Dec 16, 2014 Leeann Everson I hope they find a way to cure diabetes for everyone suffers from this disease!
Dec 16, 2014 Paula Purcell My 14 year old son has Type 1 diabetes and he lives with taking insulin everyday. We want a cure so he will not have to go through his whole life dealing with this illness! Please do not cut the funding majority of Type 1 are young children!
Dec 16, 2014 Barbara Crayton FUND Diabetes Research!!!!!!!!
Dec 16, 2014 (Name not displayed) funding needs to stay in place for this hideous disease. A cure must be found soon. It's epidemic levels in this country.
Dec 13, 2014 Michael Bruck
Dec 12, 2014 John Taylor Jr

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