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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

Oct 2, 2015 Rose M
Oct 2, 2015 petra visser No comments
Oct 2, 2015 (Name not displayed) Children are suffering. My child is suffering. Please keep research going.
Oct 1, 2015 Tiffany Ash
Oct 1, 2015 Mariko Powell
Oct 1, 2015 martha christensen This is a much needed process.
Oct 1, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 1, 2015 ginger spitxe
Oct 1, 2015 John Ringle
Oct 1, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 1, 2015 (Name not displayed) Diabetes affects almost every aspect of our lives as well as our families. Unless you are diabetic you can't really understand all the problems. Please vote for MORE funding for research.
Oct 1, 2015 (Name not displayed) Please,dont cut the spending having a child not an adult with type 1 is hard. The research is so close to finding ways,to help them have normal lives and it has been useful in other health issues.
Oct 1, 2015 Susan Hager-Powell I have diabetes type II
Oct 1, 2015 Tanja Vega
Oct 1, 2015 Lucy Won help find a cure for us
Sep 30, 2015 Athina Theodoridis
Sep 30, 2015 Lara Lukes My Daurghter has diabetes and has been since she was 13 and we need this to be cured plz do not give up the research please don't stop
Sep 30, 2015 Suzanne Rhymer My 11 yr old son was just diagnosed w type 1 in may this yr and I would love for him1 have a normal life where he doesn't have to check his sugar n get insulin shots everytime he wants to eat it's rough on a kid I would love for them to find a cure ther
Sep 30, 2015 patricia huismann
Sep 30, 2015 Jaime Capps Type 1 mostly affects children please don't cut any funding for type 1 diabetes. My daughter and millions of others need this!
Sep 30, 2015 Iris Rudnick
Sep 30, 2015 barbara mullins
Sep 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Sep 30, 2015 Jenifer Hinshaw
Sep 30, 2015 mary barragan please kerp funding diabetes research so that my young son can stop poking himself 7 times a day. Find a cure!
Sep 30, 2015 Tara Violette
Sep 30, 2015 Beth Weiner
Sep 30, 2015 Sunshine Jenifer
Sep 30, 2015 Shanna Clark
Sep 30, 2015 paula breazeale
Sep 30, 2015 Gladys Pond
Sep 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Sep 27, 2015 Regina O'Neal
Sep 26, 2015 Amy Weaver Don't stop research funding!!!
Sep 26, 2015 Cynthia Brooks-Fetty
Sep 26, 2015 Les Lambert
Sep 26, 2015 Carol Kelly I have it, sick of all the crap that goes with it!!!!!
Sep 26, 2015 Debora Mathis Please keep the research going for this disease. Lives are cut short by this.
Sep 26, 2015 (Name not displayed) Please do not stop funding Diabetes Research.
Sep 23, 2015 Tiffany McDonald
Sep 23, 2015 Kevin Saeger Please keep finding diabetes research. I have resently lost a foot to diabetes and if I continue to live with the disease I am afraid of losing more including my life. So please do not cut funding for diabetes research. Millions of people need this help.
Sep 22, 2015 william davis Fund more research
Sep 22, 2015 Joe Caperton Do not diminish what has been accomplished. Do not minimize me and my ailment.
Sep 22, 2015 judi miller My beautiful son was diagnosed with type 1 over 26 years ago as a teen. I would not want any family to deal with this disease - the uncertainty, the limitations, the cost, the devastating complications. Keep finding vital research.
Sep 22, 2015 Sherlyn Caha-Stark
Sep 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Sep 21, 2015 Brianna Hirst I've suffered from type 1 diabetes sense the age of 5, I am now 19 going on 20 with a one year old that needs me for the rest of his life. This is extremely important alot of peoplw have this disease. It shouldn't be ignored anymore. Keep the funding
Sep 21, 2015 (Name not displayed) Please keep diabetes research funding
Sep 21, 2015 Christine Capobianco

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