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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

Apr 27, 2016 Sandra Grzybowski My grandson and I attended the Call to Congress and visited the offices of our Senators from Delaware. We beg that you all continue to support this and the research that will provide the "cure".
Apr 27, 2016 kathy monnens Please, Please, help find us a cure. Surely u all have loved ones who suffer. Forget about the dam pharmacy
Apr 20, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2016 MARIA BROCK
Apr 18, 2016 Ted Hoogenraad
Apr 18, 2016 lori kalnins please help find a cure!!!!! I have family members who suffer and have passed from complications due to diabetis
Apr 16, 2016 Meghan Santos My younger sister suffers from type one diabetes. I am willing to do anything I can for a cure.
Apr 15, 2016 Grady Mason
Apr 15, 2016 Deborah Klahre Keep the research going, it's the right thing to do,if we can give some hope to anyone to live a healthier life then we should keep the research going.
Apr 15, 2016 MARTIN Resto
Apr 15, 2016 Natacha Andrews
Apr 15, 2016 Jay-helen Baker Type 1 for 21years I'm in the uk but I believe it's the Americans that will find the cure! So please don't cut funding.
Apr 15, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Apr 14, 2016 Roseanne Daecher Until you have a child with Type 1 Diabetes, you cannot know the thief of life this disease is. My son has waited long enough... please help a cure happen in his lifetime.
Apr 14, 2016 denise allen
Apr 14, 2016 Cathy Maynard FUND DIABETES RESEARCH! People's lives are at stake! My daughter has type 1 diabetes, my husband has type 2.
Apr 14, 2016 Doraeen Teske We need help to fight diabetes!!!
Apr 14, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Apr 14, 2016 Lisa Schiavoni My daughter who is a clinical social worker who counsels children with chronic illness has Type 1. Her self care requires so much of her time. Please don't cut funding, but rather keep the money coming for a cure. Thank you.
Apr 14, 2016 Kathy Mullins FUND DIABETES RESEARCH!!!!! Lives are at stake everyday!!!
Apr 14, 2016 Cassandra Natale Please help find a cure for my daughter in her life time.
Apr 14, 2016 Sharon Guldenzopf Please fund a cure. Don't allow big pharma to control whether we live or die anymore!!
Apr 14, 2016 Angela Van Hoosier My son has been fighting type 1 diabetes for 10 years it would be nice if this would help him! Plz keep funding this for a cure plz!!
Apr 14, 2016 David McLain Fund finding a cure, these folks have suffered enough
Apr 14, 2016 Michelle Waugh
Apr 14, 2016 Su Lin Henry-Sprague Would love to not have to give myself shots or wear a pump. Please fund multiyear studies. Don't stop the momentum and keep making progress
Apr 14, 2016 Jamie Williamson
Apr 14, 2016 Jenny Jarvis
Apr 14, 2016 Barbara Hambrick My 4 year old grandson has T1D. No child should have to suffer this disease. Fund the money. Find a cure. This disease has gone on long enough. We need a cure NOW.
Apr 14, 2016 Lani Kranz My brother and I have both had Type 1 for over 35 years. We are lucky to be in good health and would like to keep it that way....please keep funding this research!
Apr 14, 2016 Shannon Ewert
Apr 14, 2016 Aubrey Ashton
Apr 14, 2016 Jan Marie LOGAN
Apr 14, 2016 Dalton Hadden This would be great
Apr 14, 2016 Joel Barkelew
Apr 14, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Apr 14, 2016 Nan Luther My son has suffered with Type 1 Diabetes since he was 12 years old and is now 35 with uncontrolled symptoms from this disease. NOW is the time for a cure!! PLEASE don't cut funding...we need a cure!
Apr 14, 2016 John Prete
Apr 14, 2016 Joel Johnson
Apr 14, 2016 Obdulia Casanova Senators, it is important that you allow funds to bealocated for the current of if Diabetes type 1 and 2 it is,a devastating disease, causing Many system and organ failures . The US needs this, in cops raisin to other top economy nation we rank in health
Apr 14, 2016 Anthony Abell
Apr 14, 2016 Connie Harper Please find the cure 👊 #nevergivingup
Apr 14, 2016 connie harpee Please find a cure 👊
Apr 14, 2016 Kathy Willoughby Please do what you can to fund this program. I have a neice that was diagnosed with diabetes since she was 12 and she now is 18 and is about to graduate high school. She takes wonderful care of herself but i would love to see her to live a normal life. T
Apr 14, 2016 Timothy Poole
Apr 14, 2016 Ginette Claude I want to help any way I can, I'm a diabectic for 6 years.
Apr 13, 2016 Cynthia Galarza Proud mommy of a Type 1 fighter..please continue the work
Apr 13, 2016 Yolanda Garcia Lets keep fighting for a cure for our youth and loved ones that suffer from this terrible disease.
Apr 13, 2016 Vanessa Pearce
Apr 13, 2016 Daysi Rodriguez I have had diabetes for 21years,praying that there will be a cure!

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