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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 23, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 23, 2014 (Name not displayed) This is a serious problem that needs as much funding as possible!!
Apr 23, 2014 stephanie harvala
Apr 23, 2014 Teresa Martinez
Apr 23, 2014 My Info
Apr 23, 2014 Shelby Sharp I have been Type 1 Diabetic for 16 years and it would mean everything to me if the government would continue funding for a cure! I not only suffer with my disease, my family and friends do as well in their support and sacrifices. Thank you!!!
Apr 23, 2014 Jim Nagle Type 1 for the last 3 years auto immune disease attacked my pancreas I am healthy otherwise always played sports 6' 165 lbs I am a pump guy!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Apr 23, 2014 Diane Affonso
Apr 23, 2014 Cathy Davis
Apr 23, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 23, 2014 Laura Qualls My daughter was diagnosed with Type 1, the day after her 5th birthday. She is 26 now and gave birth to her first child 5 days ago. I want her to live to see him grow up and him have a life with her. Way to close to a cure.
Apr 23, 2014 Nancy Banghart I have diabetes, and I wish that they'd find a cure
Apr 23, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 23, 2014 (Name not displayed) I recently diagnosed , please continue to support research
Apr 23, 2014 Elena Radenberg Type 1 Diabetic for 47 years. Since my 4th Birthday. ....Do the right thing !!!
Apr 23, 2014 Donald Wilson My wife Yvonne died from diabetes please don't cut the funding
Apr 23, 2014 Jaime Harmon My son has Type 1 diabetes. Please continue to find a cure.
Apr 23, 2014 john werner I have diabetes we all need the help
Apr 23, 2014 Shelly Housel
Apr 23, 2014 Mindy Everhart
Apr 22, 2014 Jennifer Curtis Heal the ones we love and the ones we don't know. Give life a second chance
Apr 22, 2014 September Wilson
Apr 22, 2014 (Name not displayed) Cure it!
Apr 22, 2014 Donna Tackett
Apr 22, 2014 Lisa Incardone
Apr 22, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please fund diabetes research it is vital.
Apr 22, 2014 Wayne Mohrhauser
Apr 22, 2014 Timothy Messina
Apr 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 22, 2014 Michelle Sells I support this effort to protect JD funding
Apr 22, 2014 (Name not displayed) Brooke Yost diagnosed at age 5 needs this.
Apr 22, 2014 Edgardo Velez
Apr 22, 2014 Jason Russell
Apr 22, 2014 Quintin Hall
Apr 22, 2014 Sharon Goodfellow
Apr 22, 2014 Terry Starr
Apr 22, 2014 (Name not displayed) I can't even afford to keep up with my diabetes supplies! We need more funding not less!
Apr 22, 2014 Gina Cudak
Apr 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 22, 2014 Gloria Parks We need help beating this awful disease everytime I go to the doctor with a cut I hear you got watch tgat you have diabetes I am getting tired of hearing the word DIABETES
Apr 22, 2014 gladys lebron My special needs son John needs all the help he can get.
Apr 22, 2014 April Wagner I have had type 1 diabetes for 32 yrs and would love there to be a cure one day for myself and the millions of others whos lives are severely effected by this disease!!
Apr 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 22, 2014 Amanda Bajzec
Apr 22, 2014 Anthony Brevitt i have type 2 diabetes so keep the diabetes research fund
Apr 22, 2014 Judy Tomiczek
Apr 22, 2014 Sharbie Starr My granddaughter is 5 years old and lives with type 1 diabetes.
Apr 22, 2014 Lars Wallin
Apr 22, 2014 Tina Smith
Apr 22, 2014 Rich Burgess There has been some progress made in the fight for a cure. Please reconsider

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