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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

Aug 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 3, 2015 (Name not displayed) as a diabetic I believe that more research would be the key to helping future generations from bearing the burdens of this disease.
Aug 3, 2015 (Name not displayed) As a parent of a type 1 diabetic I please ask you to continue the research for a cure and not end the funding for this program. Your help is desperately needed.
Aug 3, 2015 Harry Mckeown
Aug 3, 2015 Charlene Sipe
Aug 3, 2015 Julia Broad
Aug 3, 2015 Sharon Smith
Aug 3, 2015 Karen Dempsey
Aug 3, 2015 (Name not displayed) Keep Funding research on Diabetes! Maybe someday soon we won't have to worry about it, because it'll be cured.
Aug 3, 2015 Lycia Callahan Thank you for making sure we stay safe with the safest and most inexpensive cures in the USA!
Aug 3, 2015 Cindy Drazner
Aug 3, 2015 (Name not displayed) This will potentially cut medical treatment costs and physical deterioration of individuals. The money and lives saved will be in the millions if not further. Please do not cut the budget on this desperately needed funding.
Aug 3, 2015 Gertrud Bessai it would safe a great deal more money for medicare if this research proves to be effective!!!!
Aug 3, 2015 Robin Sellers
Aug 3, 2015 (Name not displayed) Too many people have this disease. Please Help!
Aug 3, 2015 Maria Agosto Please keep diabetes research funding.
Aug 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 3, 2015 Brett Cushing
Aug 3, 2015 susan Hullar
Aug 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 3, 2015 jeffrey wood
Aug 3, 2015 Connie Kirkham
Aug 3, 2015 Debbie Saunders
Aug 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 3, 2015 (Name not displayed) It takes time and money for research to go through the process whereby a cure or vaccine can be found. Diabetes is a debilitating disease; please don't cut funding just as a ray of hope is found.
Aug 3, 2015 Mary Waite Both my husband and son have Type 1 Diabetes. I see the effect it has on them everyday, from high to low blood sugar levels, it is an ongoing battle. Please continue funding research for a cure!
Aug 3, 2015 Amy Burkhardt My son, 14, was just diagnose with Type 1 Diabetes this summer. Would love for there to be a cure for this. Please help to fund.
Aug 3, 2015 (Name not displayed) I support the funding. Please don't cut the funding!
Aug 3, 2015 Joan Rogers Please do NOT CUT funding for type 1 Diabetes research! Now is NOT the time, especially with the exciting potential of the benefit of the TB vaccine to cure Type I. THANK YOU!!
Aug 3, 2015 melissa manzella
Aug 3, 2015 Joan Block Diabetes is a serious illness and needed to be funded. Stop funding billionaires and fund the sick.
Aug 3, 2015 TERRI GILLETTE Please fight for Type 1 Diabetes Research funding!!! My grandson has had it since the age of 3 and one day we hope to find a cure for it so that he no longer has to live with it!
Aug 3, 2015 Jean Duggan Please keep up the momentum! We're almost there. It's not the time to cut funding now.
Aug 3, 2015 Melissa Heath
Aug 3, 2015 Susan Klink Please do all you can to keep Diabetes research on track!
Aug 3, 2015 Deborah Durante
Aug 2, 2015 Boris Blagojevic
Aug 1, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 1, 2015 Brenda Benitez My son was diagnosed at age 11. He is now 17 and is STILL in denial. We need help NOW before we lose our youth, our future, before their time.
Aug 1, 2015 Burton Merrill I am not the most deserving but many children are. Please keep up research and don't let anyone else have to go through this hell. Thank you <3
Jul 31, 2015 Bonnie Davis
Jul 31, 2015 (Name not displayed) Diabetes has become an epidemic. Maybe our government could do some good for a change and spend less tax dollars on killing people and more on saving lives. I know, crazy idea right?
Jul 30, 2015 Franchesca Casiano-Aviles My son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 10 months ago & our family was devastated. Our son is the only Type 1 diabetic in our family & we are so PROUD of him because he never complains & is very responsible. We have hope for a cure! Need a cure!
Jul 29, 2015 lisa rogers I have a type 1 son.
Jul 29, 2015 Lakeisha White We need progress.
Jul 29, 2015 Katie Peterson I would like as much funding as possible for type 1 diabetes research. there are too many young people with this condition and there is currently nothing to stop it.
Jul 29, 2015 Michele Barnum
Jul 29, 2015 Lee Ann Price Please fund this!

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