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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

Jan 20, 2017 Theresa Keeling
Jan 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 20, 2017 Betsy Smith Never stop researching to help diabetics!! Why would you? That would be despicable!
Jan 20, 2017 Carolyn Davis My son and granddaughter are both Type 1 diabetics. My husband is Type 2. Please continue to fund research for this diabilitating disease so that in the future others will not be affected by this disability.
Jan 20, 2017 Stacey Walsh Been t1 for 17 years, it's time we find stuff to make our lifes easier, no up all night because of hypos or when you get poorly you end up worst with dka.. Cutting funding doesn't just affect people with it now, but future generations also
Jan 19, 2017 Christina Tuggle I was diagnosed type 1 at the age of 42. It has been a roller coaster. I have been as high as 788 and as low as 8. I have a pump but levels are still all over the map. When I was diagnosed they said I was a cross between type 1 & 2.
Jan 19, 2017 Brooke Mcmanamon Please help us!
Jan 19, 2017 Natalia R.S I've been a diabetic since I was 13 years old, we depend on research to find a cure, Please I ask you don't cut funds for Diabetes research
Jan 19, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please do not cut research funds!!
Jan 18, 2017 Chandra Page
Jan 17, 2017 Pamela Gregory
Jan 14, 2017 Chris Lancaster Having had diabetes for 49 yrs I know first hand about this disease.
Jan 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 14, 2017 Mark Winansq
Jan 14, 2017 Jodi Winans
Jan 14, 2017 Julia Drier Please help to keep and increase funding to find a CURE for type one diabetes. Seeing first hand what my five year old grandson has to deal with in everyday life with diabetes, a cure is ESSENTIAL.
Jan 14, 2017 Amber Bartlett Please give these people help and hope!
Jan 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 14, 2017 Carrie Chadwick
Jan 14, 2017 Tanya Mitchell
Jan 13, 2017 Cortney Sedor
Jan 4, 2017 Anthony Charles
Jan 1, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 30, 2016 Lindsey Hale They probably won't because they make more money treating than curing it. I wished that they would find a cute but I don't think it's in my lifetime and that's sad. Same thing with cancer I believe, they make too much and would be over populated if cure.
Dec 27, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Dec 26, 2016 julian zrnic
Dec 22, 2016 Sandra Almaas I have had Type 1 for 25 years. No one in my family has it. Please support multi-year projects to best use funding and outcomes.
Dec 22, 2016 shirley wright I am type 1 and very brittle. This would be a dream come true to me.
Dec 15, 2016 Joann Rabideau Funding of type 1 diabetes a must or we as a nation will lose the next generation.
Dec 8, 2016 (Name not displayed) Plz help
Dec 2, 2016 shawn prince im a t1d for 35 years ... all help is extremely important, needed and highly valued.
Dec 1, 2016 Jackie Bailey
Nov 30, 2016 Abby Mullis
Nov 30, 2016 Loretta Off I've been a Type 1 Diabetic for 33 years and still waiting for a cure!!!!!
Nov 30, 2016 Paula Ehret
Nov 30, 2016 Mayra Khater
Nov 30, 2016 (Name not displayed) This disease is not something that goes away, they need to live with it every single day, EVERY SINGLE DAY--it effects every part of their body--not to mention the medical cost involved--MEDICAL COST INVOLVED. Get the picture.
Nov 30, 2016 Kimberly Weist If there were congressmen with children or parents with type 1 diabetes after spending 1 day caring for a child with this disease why would anyone ever want to cut the funding This is a disease that rears its head everyday for my child .
Nov 30, 2016 Treece Sasser My daughter needs this! She's my Lil hero! She's 11 and been keeping her head up high! She needs a cure! Just like so many others! And they are getting closer everyday!
Nov 30, 2016 (Name not displayed) Find a cure
Nov 29, 2016 Lillian Piskorski
Nov 29, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Nov 29, 2016 (Name not displayed) Please fund diabetes research and dont cut funding diabetics deserve a cure and better means of controling this disease to control the terrible effects upon the body this disease causes
Nov 29, 2016 Terry DeVivo
Nov 29, 2016 Melissa Granstaff
Nov 29, 2016 PAM HELM
Nov 29, 2016 CELIA Helm
Nov 27, 2016 Tina Moroose

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