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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

Mar 26, 2017 Marsha Croner
Mar 19, 2017 Cheryl Kallenbach Diabetes costs more than just about any other disease because so many people have it. Killing research that could cure it seems sorta stupid - don't you think? ? ?
Mar 17, 2017 jeannie newman help dont take money thats needed
Mar 16, 2017 Tim Young
Mar 10, 2017 Corey Williams
Mar 9, 2017 Meryl Liguori
Mar 9, 2017 Michelle Hoff
Mar 9, 2017 Never Francis Please do not cut funding!
Mar 9, 2017 Brooks Waters
Mar 9, 2017 Sherry Hart Please keep up the research and all for my type one and may other affected my grandaughter is 12 and had a life time ahead so make her life easier please
Mar 9, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please continue to support type I Diabetes research for a cure
Mar 8, 2017 (Name not displayed) Every child deserves to have a normal life and enjoy every aspect.
Mar 8, 2017 Christine Meade This could be the difference between life and death. Please reconsider.
Mar 8, 2017 (Name not displayed) This is too important. Please continue with research if not fo me but for all future generations.
Mar 7, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 7, 2017 Sarah Gatts
Mar 6, 2017 Chris Mclean We need continued funding this illness takes maney Lives
Mar 5, 2017 Cheryl TAylor
Mar 4, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please find a cure soon for my daughter. <3
Mar 4, 2017 jack bryan
Mar 4, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please continue type1 research ive been type1 for 25 years and fear for the future every day of my life this would be a miracle if it was cured
Mar 4, 2017 Valerie Reed Please continue to support type I Diabetes research for a cure! Many lives, including my son's, are depending on it!
Mar 4, 2017 (Name not displayed) My 9yrs old was dx 3 yrs ago I would love it if they could find cute to stop this horrible diease and make his life much better without all the testing of bloods and injections.
Mar 3, 2017 Louisa Swadling My 14 year old son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes a year ago. Although he manages to deal with and live with this everyday, I would do anything for him to no longer have the worry. Here's to finding this research and making type 1 into type none!!
Mar 3, 2017 Brandon MAAHS
Feb 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 26, 2017 (Name not displayed) Pls dont cut the funds for diabetes research. Millions will benefit in this program including me and my family.
Feb 19, 2017 Faye Hutsell
Feb 18, 2017 Jane McEldowney
Feb 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 18, 2017 Sara King
Feb 18, 2017 Kathryn Fenn
Feb 18, 2017 Karen Vosburg
Feb 18, 2017 Chris Mccormick
Feb 18, 2017 Sue Ellen Lupien
Feb 18, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please don't allow cutting funding for diabetes research. It is critical to continue working on this important cause.
Feb 18, 2017 Marion Friedl
Feb 18, 2017 Ed Zehel
Feb 13, 2017 Barbara Berry Do not stop funding diabetes research!
Feb 13, 2017 Chris Lunn Please consider funding to diabetes research MY friends life depends on it... It really makes a difference
Feb 13, 2017 Patricia Schmutz Continue research to improve testing. Five to 8 a day makes for very sore fingers. Lower the cost of supplies - it's outrageous !! Thank You!!
Feb 12, 2017 Erica Allen Please don't allow cutting funding for diabetes research. We know first hand how precious the research is... My son was diagnosed at 18 months of age. He is now 20 years old. He is healthy and thriving because of all the incredible advancements in treatin
Feb 12, 2017 P Rittenhouse
Feb 12, 2017 Keely Upchutch
Feb 12, 2017 Collette Sabin
Feb 12, 2017 Patricia Weber
Feb 12, 2017 john drake Funding the research of diabetes and encouraging the use of new disruptive technology to monitor and treat this and many other diseases will benefit everyone health wise and ultimately financially.Consider funding to entrepreneurial start ups..Never know.
Feb 12, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please.
Feb 12, 2017 Heidi Weber I have been a Type 1 diabetic since the age of 4. This is a very challenging disease and impacts every aspect of your life! Please remember that there is a difference between Type 1 and Type 2 also. Type 1 can't be reversed!!

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