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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


Jul 24, 2014 Sharon Murray
Jul 23, 2014 Sophia Che
Jul 23, 2014 paul wolfram
Jul 23, 2014 Gregory White Senators Nelson and Murray, I have Type I diabetes and my 6 and 3 year old daughters do not. Their risk is greater because I am their father, and I ask on their behalf to continue or even increase Type I diabetes research funding. Thank you.
Jul 23, 2014 Linda Gene Goldstein
Jul 23, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 23, 2014 (Name not displayed) With diabetes breakthroughs continuing and a possible bionic or new pancreas creations by stem cell research, this is not the time to cut any of the vital funding currently available to the researchers. Diabetes is often inherited. Too many are dying.
Jul 23, 2014 (Name not displayed) This is a disease that needs funding to find a cure.
Jul 22, 2014 Monique Lowther There have been some great discoveries made recently that could lead to a cure. Please, don't slow that progress. Peoples lives are in the balance.
Jul 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2014 Liza Z
Jul 22, 2014 Peggy Meekins Please fund diabeties research.. Or keep it going.
Jul 22, 2014 Jeannie Hall
Jul 22, 2014 Kristina Aguilera
Jul 22, 2014 michelle stouffer
Jul 22, 2014 Brandy Whitlatch
Jul 22, 2014 Tonja Neabitt
Jul 22, 2014 aaron nanney
Jul 20, 2014 Hayley Keller Must fund until the cute is found !!!
Jul 20, 2014 Katrina Flynn
Jul 20, 2014 Sherry Curry We are too close to a cure to take away funding now. Please keep it going.
Jul 20, 2014 Franck Gauthier
Jul 19, 2014 (Name not displayed) Keep Diabetes Research Funding
Jul 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 19, 2014 Sally Hartman I have had Type I diabetes for 58 years and have done better than anyone ever expected. Now there is the promise of a bionic pump. Please see that research can continue for all of us with Type I
Jul 18, 2014 Chris Szall Dear senator: continue to fund diabetes research . But stop giving financial aid to Mexico, South America, Africa.
Jul 18, 2014 sara schriver
Jul 17, 2014 Sandra Albritton
Jul 17, 2014 Amanda Herring My son is 5 years old and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 2 weeks after his 5th birthday. We need this research to find a cure for him and other kids out there
Jul 17, 2014 Tricia Stowers My son has been living and fighting diabetes for 7 years. Keep the funding!!
Jul 17, 2014 Denissa Stecklein My 19 month old granddaughter has Type 1, she almost died! We must keep research going and find a cure!!!
Jul 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 17, 2014 (Name not displayed) Type 1 diabetes affects every part of my life and has for the past 23 years. Please don't take funds away from researching a cure when it seems to be so close. I want to be able to live a long healthy life and be able to help others as well!
Jul 17, 2014 Kathy Wight Please continue funding for diabetes research and vote against this proposed change. As the mother of two sons with Type 1 diabetes, I have seen the impact of this disease firsthand. Let's keep pushing for a cure !!
Jul 17, 2014 lucila lopez
Jul 17, 2014 kayla leese
Jul 17, 2014 Denis Kearns "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."
Jul 17, 2014 haydee garza Please. Help
Jul 17, 2014 Julie Foster They have only given diabetes $150million in 10 years??? And they are about to throw $3billion at illegals??? And probably need another $3billion next year?? Maybe I'm reading things wrong, but we SHOULD have a cure by now!
Jul 17, 2014 Mary Noblit
Jul 17, 2014 Jose Avetikyan
Jul 17, 2014 Faith Kilmury
Jul 17, 2014 Alisa Adobajor
Jul 17, 2014 (Name not displayed) My 4 yr. old Great Grandaughter has had type 1 for over a year now, please don't stop the funding. This is a nasty disease!!!!!!
Jul 17, 2014 Angie Landry I have been type 1 diabetic since I was 10. Please fund diabetic research.
Jul 17, 2014 (Name not displayed) My Type 1 son is only 12. Please fund research forever. Finding a cure for diabetes should Never be taken off of the table or renegotiated.
Jul 17, 2014 Maria Fermin
Jul 17, 2014 Kevin Katz
Jul 17, 2014 Michelle Lewis My son found out at 18 he's type 1. He will be 23 in October and 5 years of knowing he has this debilitating disease. Please keep this research going. Too many young children and teens are suffering from this illness.

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