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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 2, 2015 Natalie Dishaw
Aug 30, 2015 Toni Hill My son is 17 and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 3 yrs ago please don't cut funding that could save his life
Aug 30, 2015 Aaren Kettelhut
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Aug 29, 2015 Raquel Patrick
Aug 27, 2015 Laurie Solomon
Aug 27, 2015 DOUG SNYDER
Aug 27, 2015 Nancy Batchelor Please keep funding Diabetes research. It might be too late for me, but it will certainly help the young people affected by Diabetes, including my Granddaughter. Please keep it funded.
Aug 27, 2015 Abel Miranda Yup
Aug 27, 2015 Vinny Palmieri Keep funding diabetes research; we need a cure ASAP
Aug 27, 2015 Tammy Corder We need a cure. I will never see one in my lifetime but at least there is hope for future generations
Aug 27, 2015 Sue Cantrell Please do not cut funding for diabetes. It's tough enough to handle it now and soooo expensive!!
Aug 26, 2015 Susan Duncan
Aug 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 26, 2015 Terry Rhoden
Aug 26, 2015 (Name not displayed) Please do not cut funding for diabetes research. It is such a hard disease to manage for children and this research is coming up with great ways to make it easier for everyone to manage it! Great strides are being taken in our country towards a cure!
Aug 26, 2015 Crystal Blackmon I have a son who is 24 years old and he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 13. To find a cure is only a dream of ours. Please keep the funding for this disease, I beg of you.
Aug 26, 2015 Dawn Burzynski
Aug 26, 2015 Rosemary Frank Please keep diabetic research funding. My granddaughter and thousands of others are anxiously waiting for a cure to this disease!
Aug 26, 2015 Lee Mcginty Do not reduce the funding for type 1 Diabetes
Aug 26, 2015 Sheila Wistrom
Aug 26, 2015 Tyler Land
Aug 26, 2015 Anita Rodgers As a type 1 diabetic for 42 years,, it would be a dream come true if ANY help could be found. This is only possible through research!
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Aug 25, 2015 MARLU HERRERA SENATORS, be helpful to people with DIABETES.
Aug 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 25, 2015 Mandy Crawford Anyone with diabetes would understand. Diabetes doesn't get the rec cognition it deserves. Its a killer!!!
Aug 25, 2015 Martha Chisolm I have a granddaughter with Type 1 diabetes and was diagnoised at age 2. She is now 3 yrs. old and I have come to realize how much this affects her life every hour of every day. Multi-year grants allow researchers to keep working for a cure.
Aug 25, 2015 Pearl Morris
Aug 25, 2015 becky bowling
Aug 25, 2015 Liz Tiede Help us find a cure! It's out there!
Aug 25, 2015 Rita Fleischer
Aug 25, 2015 Kathleen Reed
Aug 25, 2015 Kendra Carlson Please help end diabetes for my daughter's sake!
Aug 25, 2015 LAYLA TRUAX
Aug 25, 2015 Nancy Bell-Remaley please don't cut the funding for diabetes research.
Aug 25, 2015 donna jernigan It's a shame they want to cut funding.....the only reason they want to cut funding is because of the billions of dollars that would b lost if they find a cure.....
Aug 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 25, 2015 Cindy Austin I have 2 boys that have type 1 diabetes & find it very expensive to keep them healthy. Please keep the funding for a cure & better medical devices going ! Help bring prices down & better insurance coverage please! Thank you for your time!!
Aug 25, 2015 Gracie Connor Please continue to fund research to ensure that people like my daughter can manage this life threatening disease while leading a productive, normal life. We are ultimately hopeful not only for better treatment but for a CURE!
Aug 25, 2015 jamie howard My son's life depends on this research. If it was you or you child you would fight to keep the research going too.
Aug 25, 2015 Judy Johnson More and more people are becoming dialectic. My body has resistance the insulin. I'm 40 years old and finding new way to fight against this is a plus for so many millions of people. Please help us out
Aug 25, 2015 HOLLY THOMAS Advancements for type 1 diabetes hardly exist, it is still time consuming, difficult, and sometimes painful to manage. Dont take away the opportunity for improvement on a life threatening disease.
Aug 25, 2015 Tyler Wqrd
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Aug 25, 2015 Gala Janis I have a daughter that has T1D. She has had this disease for 10 years. This is a disease that we need to find a cure for. We need all the funding we can to do this. This is a disease that affects the patients and family 24/7. A cure is needed now!

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