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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 27, 2017 Beth Goegebeur Get it done.......find a cure!!
Apr 27, 2017 Deb McCarthy
Apr 27, 2017 Janice Mitchell
Apr 27, 2017 Brian Reynolds
Apr 25, 2017 Michelle Baisden
Apr 25, 2017 Tamara Weisenburger
Apr 25, 2017 Rebecca Lowe It is imperative to use all we have to reverse this terrible disease which has affected my beautiful eleven year old granddaughter and millions of others. We need to divert the billions going to wars and apply more to the wars being fought inside those af
Apr 24, 2017 Susan Tureski
Apr 24, 2017 Laura Dewell
Apr 24, 2017 Tracy Kern
Apr 24, 2017 Meena Ravee
Apr 24, 2017 maurice carter
Apr 20, 2017 Barb Breese
Apr 20, 2017 Melora Jackson
Apr 18, 2017 K M Millions of people need a cure /better treatment for diabetes. That comes from longterm research that needs longterm funding. Do NOT cut longterm funding. Millions of people need it.
Apr 18, 2017 Teresa Foster
Apr 12, 2017 Kathryn Ewart
Apr 4, 2017 Charlene Reid My father was diabetic and almost died during the night from a drastic drop in his blood sugar. My daughter is diabetic and also one of my best friends. We need advances to help people with diabetes live normal happy lives. So much time goes into managing
Apr 4, 2017 Karen Pico Tell the truth: you would rather Type 1 diabetics just go away/ die then spend $ on research. Guess it doesn't put $ in your pockets!
Apr 4, 2017 Donna Williams Diagnosed Type 1 at 48 years old. Please do not take away funding. We need a cure.
Apr 4, 2017 Nancy Evans
Apr 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 3, 2017 Shirley Harrington
Apr 3, 2017 Arla leach I have 3 insulin dependent boys in my house. Each Humalog RX is $400 and each Levimere rx is $400. Now times 3 that is $2,400. Not including needles or test strips. We need this regulated now! How can any household afford this? We need funding for a cure
Apr 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 2, 2017 Micki Sutton
Apr 2, 2017 Jacqueline Williams
Apr 1, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please find a cure
Mar 31, 2017 Christine Higgins
Mar 31, 2017 Christa Dwertman
Mar 30, 2017 jean cassio
Mar 30, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 29, 2017 Angela Parsons
Mar 29, 2017 Sherry Clark My 12 year old lives with this. If it was your family, you'd want a cure too. Help people struggling with this disease, it's not a choice they made.
Mar 29, 2017 Stephanie King Let's find that cure!!!!!
Mar 26, 2017 Marsha Croner
Mar 19, 2017 Cheryl Kallenbach Diabetes costs more than just about any other disease because so many people have it. Killing research that could cure it seems sorta stupid - don't you think? ? ?
Mar 17, 2017 jeannie newman help dont take money thats needed
Mar 16, 2017 Tim Young
Mar 10, 2017 Corey Williams
Mar 9, 2017 Meryl Liguori
Mar 9, 2017 Michelle Hoff
Mar 9, 2017 Never Francis Please do not cut funding!
Mar 9, 2017 Brooks Waters
Mar 9, 2017 Sherry Hart Please keep up the research and all for my type one and may other affected my grandaughter is 12 and had a life time ahead so make her life easier please
Mar 9, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please continue to support type I Diabetes research for a cure
Mar 8, 2017 (Name not displayed) Every child deserves to have a normal life and enjoy every aspect.
Mar 8, 2017 Christine Meade This could be the difference between life and death. Please reconsider.
Mar 8, 2017 (Name not displayed) This is too important. Please continue with research if not fo me but for all future generations.
Mar 7, 2017 (Name not displayed)

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