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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


Jul 26, 2016 john confar
Jul 26, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 26, 2016 leslie Fluegel
Jul 26, 2016 (Name not displayed) At 59 I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, what a surprise that was. You cannot imagine how much my life as changed since then. Please continue to fund the research we so desperately need to get rid of this disease.
Jul 26, 2016 Danis Brown
Jul 26, 2016 Frances Pivovonsky
Jul 26, 2016 Verna J Browning
Jul 26, 2016 Mike Eddie
Jul 26, 2016 Jill Duft
Jul 26, 2016 Barbara Turcotte
Jul 26, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2016 Thomas Hamilton
Jul 24, 2016 Jennifer Miller Please keep up the research on diabetes! Diabetes is such a terrible disease with many secondary effects. If we better control it, we can prevent the secondary effects and provide a better quality of life and less financial burden for the patient.
Jul 24, 2016 Carla Blumer
Jul 24, 2016 Kavita Singh
Jul 23, 2016 (Name not displayed) Found my niece 💕
Jul 23, 2016 Dorothy Alley
Jul 23, 2016 Julie Brenner
Jul 23, 2016 carol Bator
Jul 23, 2016 Jacob Miner
Jul 22, 2016 Suzanne Kenney
Jul 22, 2016 Jahanzeb Khan
Jul 22, 2016 Patricia Smith Have a 14 year old grandaughter with type1
Jul 22, 2016 Wendy Tangen
Jul 22, 2016 Kent Kucera
Jul 22, 2016 Monica Smith
Jul 22, 2016 Kayla Bryson
Jul 22, 2016 (Name not displayed) My daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 25 years ago. It's time for a cure!
Jul 22, 2016 Kathleen Faracy
Jul 22, 2016 (Name not displayed) My son diagnosed type 1 diabetes six months ago and he is 21 years old.
Jul 22, 2016 Eva Johnson
Jul 22, 2016 Ana Munoz
Jul 22, 2016 Dana Bernstein Why not make my life along with millions more, a lot easier? I didn't ask for juvenile diabetes, I just got it. I am asking, please do not cut funds.
Jul 22, 2016 Gisele Rodriguez My son has type I and as a teen, he hates to check his sugar in front of his friends because he always has to answer there questions and in public people always look and wonder if he has a contagious disease..I know this would make his life easier
Jul 22, 2016 Larry Sanchez
Jul 22, 2016 Cynthia Gavigan
Jul 21, 2016 Margaret Carrington
Jul 21, 2016 Kiera Arnson Please do not cut funding. This is a disease that I live and struggle with daily and these technology improvements can save my life.
Jul 21, 2016 Shasta Ortiz Please keep this research going for all of the people that have to suffer with this everyday.
Jul 21, 2016 Millie Grannis
Jul 21, 2016 (Name not displayed) I have type 2 and my daughter in law has type1
Jul 21, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2016 Samantha Caldwell
Jul 21, 2016 Alexandria Henderson There is no good reason to halt type 1 diabetes research and funding. It may not be as popular as cancer, but you wouldn't halt their research, if anything, that would be bad publicity. A large quantity of people with diabetes, is children!
Jul 21, 2016 Brittany Cashdollar Type 1 for 20 years, let's work together to end this diagnosis once and for all!
Jul 20, 2016 terry terrygranier Please help our son and all the beautiful children that deserve a normal life!
Jul 20, 2016 Catherine Caldwell
Jul 20, 2016 Steve Wood
Jul 20, 2016 David Burnham Senators with news recently about using a vaccine for another disease reviving insulin production for someone with Type 1 Diabetes, you must be able to understand how important that is to someone who's life depends on it. Insulin is expensive, pumps and
Jul 19, 2016 Sherry Henderson My son has type 1 diabetes and I have type 2. Please continue funding the clinical trials so we can find new treatments and a cure!

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