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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


Sep 1, 2014 Rebecca Wrigley Type 1 of 25 years... other kids shouldn't have to grow up with this like I did.
Sep 1, 2014 Kimberly Jerrett
Sep 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 30, 2014 Donna Reed Please continue funding research to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. I'd like my daughter (diagnosed 2 years ago at 15) to see a cure in her life time!
Aug 30, 2014 Jeanette Kunow
Aug 30, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please continue funding. We need a cure!!!
Aug 30, 2014 Natasha Evans Keep funding research our children deserve some hope with this evil condition
Aug 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 30, 2014 Nora Sotomayor
Aug 30, 2014 Heather Mcgarvey
Aug 30, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please reconsider your position. My family has dealt with diabetes and its effects for many, many years. It is devastating. Research must continue. Thank you.
Aug 29, 2014 Pam Goodchild
Aug 29, 2014 (Name not displayed) We need a cure.
Aug 29, 2014 Jeff Mummert
Aug 29, 2014 Joey Stevenson
Aug 29, 2014 (Name not displayed) diabetes is growing rapidly we need continued research until a cure is found.
Aug 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 29, 2014 Kelly Eigenmann Please support funding for type 1diabetes research. So many including my son deserve a cure.
Aug 29, 2014 Millie Uppena
Aug 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 29, 2014 James Lilly We need a cure for this now!
Aug 29, 2014 Wynter Dunahee I have type 1 diabetes due to having to have my pancreas removed. It's not an easy life. We NEED to find a cure.
Aug 29, 2014 Patricia Anderson
Aug 29, 2014 Jacqueline Elmore
Aug 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 29, 2014 (Name not displayed) please do not stop funding for type 1 diabetes.my daughter was diagnosed when she was 10 she is now 22 the more research the better to finding a cure
Aug 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 29, 2014 heidi moyer
Aug 29, 2014 Michelle Yager
Aug 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 29, 2014 Charlotte ribbe
Aug 29, 2014 Cynthia Kinney Please keep funding diabetics research
Aug 29, 2014 Jeannie DeLong This is bs I bet you wouldn't do this if you or your children had type 1 diabetes. What about all of US people who do have it?
Aug 29, 2014 Anna Rock Please do not stop research. More and more kids are diagnosed with this life changing disease. We Need a cure! It touches many and if touched your family you would never cut the research funding. Do we need a challenge to save our kids
Aug 29, 2014 Christina Walker Do not stop funding for research!! We need a cure!
Aug 29, 2014 Bret Elgersma Please continue to fund diabetes research. The cure will save millions in healthcare cost.
Aug 29, 2014 Phyllis Bodoff The amount of people, especially children, being diagnosed with diabetes is growing every year. Diabetes is a life threatening illness. I lost my husband and my young daughter to diabetes. Please don't let more people die from the awful disease.
Aug 29, 2014 Wayne Meyer Please continue to fund as much as possible for diabetes research
Aug 29, 2014 Jo Sedbrook We need research to continue. Our loved ones deserve to live normal lives. My tall, slim daughter found out on her 20th b-day she has type one. and she handles it all like a trooper, this isn't a waste of funding. thanks, a mom
Aug 29, 2014 laura stubbs
Aug 29, 2014 Margaret Shand
Aug 29, 2014 Nancy Sherrill
Aug 29, 2014 Karen Botelho
Aug 29, 2014 Brandy Quinn My son is just shy of his 16th b-day,he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just shy of his 1st b-day,everyday is a struggle for both of us.....PLEASE,do not cut funding...
Aug 29, 2014 Rachel Snyder
Aug 29, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please sign and share
Aug 29, 2014 patricia norton
Aug 29, 2014 John Kozin
Aug 29, 2014 Gina Rivers

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