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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 25, 2015 Cindi Wimberly
Apr 25, 2015 Pam Worth
Apr 25, 2015 jane mason
Apr 24, 2015 Jennifer O'Donoghue Cut funding for a disease that is increasing in patient numbers??? Long term financial consequences.
Apr 23, 2015 carol zanghi
Apr 23, 2015 Louann Michaelangelo
Apr 23, 2015 Keith Keegan
Apr 23, 2015 james castle
Apr 22, 2015 (Name not displayed) My son, who has Type 1 Diabetes, is blind, autistic and mentally retarded. He can not communicate to me when his blood sugar is high or low let alone when he's sick or wants anything. PLEASE do not cut back the funds for research on type 1 or 2!
Apr 22, 2015 Willie Hadley Please do keep Diabetes Research Funding!!!!
Apr 21, 2015 Sylvia Mitchell
Apr 21, 2015 Donna Thomas
Apr 21, 2015 Marilyn Cottrell
Apr 20, 2015 Veronica Wilson Need to give them all the money they want. IMy son was diagnosed at the age of 7 and we fight with it on a daily bases. It would be wonderful to find a cure.there is not enough help out there for you if you have diabetes I work and can't get any help .
Apr 19, 2015 marianne michel Please don't stop the funding for this horrible disease,my husband has had it for 62 yrs and I would like to see him free of it for his last years if possible. thank you for all you have done so far, keep up your good work..
Apr 19, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 19, 2015 Brenda Bundy
Apr 18, 2015 klara Lipton
Apr 18, 2015 Dave Paley
Apr 18, 2015 nancy pattison
Apr 18, 2015 jesse sustaita
Apr 18, 2015 Matthew Smith Get your heads out of your assess there is NOT enough help for Diabetics out there as is , and now a bunch of over paid idiots want to cut funding to what little there is. I am still highly in favor of cutting funds to Congress and Senate .
Apr 18, 2015 Holly Ford
Apr 17, 2015 Louis Dayton I've got a 7 year old grandson who was diagnosed at 18 months with Type 1 Diabetes and nearly lost him. This country needs to keep the research going and a cut in funding would be a setback for the research and the thousands with Type 1 Diabetes.
Apr 17, 2015 tammu franklin I have type one and my children need me alive we are so close to a cure pleas help us get there
Apr 17, 2015 james stoll I am a type 1 diabetic and have been for the last 23 and continue to fight this disease. Please keep this program going.
Apr 17, 2015 Dawn FLORY
Apr 17, 2015 Holly Sanford Don't you dare cut funding. We need a cure and I believe more research, which takes money, could lead to a cure. This is a horrible disease to deal with as my young child has it and I worry each day my other will get it. Every dollar helps.
Apr 17, 2015 Kathy Rataj We can't afford the medications so there has to be a cure!
Apr 17, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 17, 2015 Kelly Brackemyre Myself, my son, my twin sister, my brother, my dad (now deceased), his brother and both his sons all suffer from Type 1 diabetes! They are close to finding a cure for this dreadful disease. Please don't stop the funding to find a cure!
Apr 17, 2015 Andrew Mendizza It's hard enough as it is being diabetic and now you wanna cut funding when a cure is around the corner...shame on you! This is ridiculous.
Apr 17, 2015 Barbara Brunnel I'm a type 1 diabetic since I was 9, I'm 35 now.
Apr 17, 2015 Jana Vigil
Apr 17, 2015 Anita Vigil My 2 yr old great nice was diagnoses with Type 1 Diabetes a week after her first birthday. We need the research to continue.
Apr 17, 2015 Kim Banter
Apr 17, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 17, 2015 Amanda Daly
Apr 17, 2015 Luis Trevino My future wife has type 1 diabetes. I'm sure I speak for the millions of people with these disease that wouldn't want this to happen. Please don't stop funding. Thank you.
Apr 17, 2015 Tony Miri
Apr 17, 2015 theresa johnson Type 1 diabetes affects our youth and adults. It is an extremely serious disease that needs more research, not less. Ask my grandson how it affects his mother who is his entire world.
Apr 17, 2015 holly bailey
Apr 17, 2015 Dusty Folks
Apr 17, 2015 lynn williams
Apr 17, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 17, 2015 Sherry Stillman
Apr 17, 2015 pam muir
Apr 17, 2015 Victoria Welch I'm 18 and have had diabetes since I was 4. To end a research that could save millions of lives is repulsive. Millions are affected by diabetes each and every day and I know it breaks mine, and others hearts to know ppl don't care anymore.
Apr 17, 2015 Cathy Cialone I use to get my insulin on a government program that I found out at the beginning of 2015 that is not being offered anymore. I worked so hard taking oral medications and 3 shots a day to get my A1C levels at a good place not anymore...HELP!!!
Apr 17, 2015 jason jarock

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