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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 28, 2015 Kathy Barber The healthcare costs due to complications will destory this country. For the life of me I can not figure out why funding would be cut.
Jan 27, 2015 Crystal Haggenmiller Please keep funding the research
Jan 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 26, 2015 Thomas Horsch
Jan 26, 2015 Joy Branch
Jan 26, 2015 Julia Withington
Jan 25, 2015 deidre bradford this is so important and a cure must be found
Jan 19, 2015 Laura Williams
Jan 18, 2015 Gabriela Baldaia
Jan 18, 2015 Kathy crutcher
Jan 18, 2015 (Name not displayed) Diabetes is growing so fast. There has to be a cure out there.
Jan 17, 2015 Victoria E Miller
Jan 17, 2015 Dominique Decker
Jan 17, 2015 jen davids
Jan 17, 2015 Teresa Latham
Jan 17, 2015 William Murtha Without a cure, the cost of maintaining the health of Type 1 Diabetics will only increase. Please do not cut funding when we are getting closer to a cure.
Jan 17, 2015 Sharee Jones
Jan 17, 2015 kim grelecki my son has type 1 diabetes. Why not research for a cure? If it was your family member you would want a cure after seeing what they have to do each day just to stay alive.
Jan 17, 2015 Dawn Fabian Please do not cut funds; we need to find a cure. It's a horrible disease at any age and cause so many future health problems
Jan 17, 2015 Penny Schoech
Jan 16, 2015 Gudrun Garcia
Jan 16, 2015 Emily Hoff
Jan 15, 2015 Glenn Kadas
Jan 15, 2015 Juana DeAbreu Please do not cut funds, we must find a cure!!
Jan 15, 2015 Diane Hughes
Jan 15, 2015 Dollie Mitchell Please Do Not cut the funding for Diabetes Research. I have lost several family members due to diabetes. It was awful to see people loose limbs to being a diabetic.
Jan 15, 2015 raphael balboni
Jan 15, 2015 Deborah Hill
Jan 15, 2015 Pamela Wood
Jan 14, 2015 (Name not displayed) I am urging you not to cut diabetes research funding. As a mother of a child with Type 1, I want s cute to be found as soon as possible. So many advancements are continuing to be made, but funding must be available for them to continue. Thank you!
Jan 13, 2015 Randy Morgan
Jan 11, 2015 mike hopkins
Jan 7, 2015 debra clayton
Jan 7, 2015 Christy ODonnell
Jan 5, 2015 Loralyn Batchelder My father and so many others have to deal with this horrible disease every second of every day. Please help them and the countless others that will contract this disease.
Jan 4, 2015 Sharla Davis please dont stop funding. me and my siblings struggle with this illness everyday.
Jan 3, 2015 Charles Ferguson
Jan 3, 2015 Susan Ferguson
Jan 2, 2015 Arthur Zimmerman
Jan 2, 2015 Chelsea Ferguson
Jan 2, 2015 Richard Eubanks my son is type 1 and they need all the help they can get!!!
Jan 2, 2015 Joseph Taylor
Jan 1, 2015 Stacey Mertes My 10 year old son was diagnosed with T1D at 6 years. He pricks his finger 11 times a day - he has to prick it several times sometimes because the callouses are so deep. In order to eat, he must take 4-5 shots of insulin a day. Please help us find a cure.
Dec 31, 2014 Alexandra Winterle My mother, sister, and I have type 1 diabetes and it is very important to us that research continue to not only find better treatment but eventually a cure for this disease that you cannot take a break from.
Dec 31, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 31, 2014 David Klemann
Dec 31, 2014 Barry Readeau
Dec 31, 2014 Wanda E Santaella Continued funding of diabetes research is a necessity. Type I is particularly pernicious and not attributable to life style issues. We need to find the cure!!!!!!!
Dec 31, 2014 viola moore We need a cure. Please help us find one.

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