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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

Feb 6, 2016 Maryann Almeida
Feb 5, 2016 (Name not displayed) Let's get this done, and also make sure it is available to ALL - not just those under 65!
Feb 4, 2016 Carla Cooley Please don't stop researching new ways to deal with diabetes.
Feb 4, 2016 Joanne Borden Type 1 for 54+ years. Please keep the research funding ongoing. We sure need it. This has been a long journey with no end in sight without research funding !!!!!
Feb 4, 2016 (Name not displayed) My daughter was diagnosed in 2009 and now is 15 and has been hospitalized 3 times with severe DKA. There's other cuts to take besides medical cures.
Feb 4, 2016 Carrie Durrant Do not cut spending for diabetes research!
Feb 4, 2016 (Name not displayed) Please support and fund. You will assist a loved one or family member now or down the road.
Feb 4, 2016 Gail Mitchell Please do not cease diabetes research funding. If I have to stick my fingers twice and sometimes three times a day, surely the Senate can step up to help those of us with diabetes. Gail
Feb 4, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 4, 2016 Marnie Giles Please make sure diabetes research continues and is a top priority. There is a huge need for regulation on insurance companies for individuals who have to have supplies to live. There is a many months that my sister who is type 1 can't afford anything.
Feb 4, 2016 Brenda Boston 40+ years of type 1. Checking BS's 4-6 times a day becomes daunting. Please help make it easier to deal with this disease. We have so many other issues to deal with.
Feb 4, 2016 Stephen Dickerson Type 1 and 40 years later I'm ready for something that is easier
Feb 4, 2016 Kelli Lovell
Feb 4, 2016 (Name not displayed) I am a type 1 , make it easier for us.
Feb 4, 2016 Marcellus Johnson
Feb 4, 2016 (Name not displayed) Please don't stop diabetes research. It affects millions of people and a cure is needed ASAP.
Feb 3, 2016 (Name not displayed) My son has had diabetes since age 11 months. He's now 13. Even with a pump..we still can't keep his diabetes under control. We pray for better technology, advances and hopefully a cure one day. It's a horrible thing to live with. Continue funding....
Feb 3, 2016 Julie Christy My son has had Type 1 diabetes for 14 years now. I support the Special Diabetes Program. We need to continue funding research to find a cure!
Feb 3, 2016 Mike Lennartz Please keep the funding flowing for diabetes research
Feb 3, 2016 Rose Steele Please don't cut funding. This is a daily challenge that many people face. Remember it could be you or a love one that you are cutting funds that could help. Thank you.
Feb 3, 2016 Melanie Reeger
Feb 3, 2016 Beverly Garvey
Feb 3, 2016 Samantha Madrill
Feb 3, 2016 Bruce Anderson
Feb 3, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 3, 2016 Heather Bailey
Feb 3, 2016 Joanna Grehanov Keep the research going it's important not only to save lives but to save the cost of Healthcare if a cure is found
Feb 3, 2016 ella gregory My neice was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes 2 weeks before her second birthday. I have prayed daily for a cure . Its not only scary and hard on the kid its also hard on the parents . Please dont let them cut the funding !
Feb 3, 2016 Deborah Carter
Feb 3, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 3, 2016 Efrain Mata My 8 year old son has Diabetes and would be a shame if America would cut the funding for a cure.
Feb 3, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 3, 2016 Karen Anderson
Feb 3, 2016 Ian Martin
Feb 3, 2016 (Name not displayed) My son had diabetes for 3 years now hopefully will fine a cure soon not fun to see him going thru everything..
Feb 3, 2016 Stephanie Horneck My daughter had type1 diagnosed at 4 dont cut the funds
Feb 3, 2016 Kevin Stewart This would be amazing for people like me and others who have type one diabetes.
Jan 31, 2016 宇 蔡 全球性的受益者.
Jan 31, 2016 NICOLE MORGAN
Jan 30, 2016 Chris Sausser
Jan 30, 2016 giuliana donadio
Jan 27, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jan 27, 2016 (Name not displayed) This would be amazing. Let's get diabetes cured and then let's start on cancer!
Jan 25, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jan 25, 2016 David Lidrbauch
Jan 25, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jan 25, 2016 DeAnna Moore My son was dx at age 6. He is now 16. Thankfully we have had great insurance and have been able to afford the next tech and treatments. But a cure is truly the longing of our hearts. Please support research into cures for this relentless disease.
Jan 25, 2016 Nuria Vega
Jan 25, 2016 Mary Herrin My son has been suffering with this since he was 13. He is now a 42 year old husband and father. It's w a year past time for a cure to be found. If anything, funding should be increased+
Jan 24, 2016 Linda Funari Please! My daughter needs a cure! It's a horrible disease to live with every day! They are making progress and need this! Please!!!! I'd give anything for my daughter to no longer have to live with T1D!!!!

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