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Sponsored by: The Diabetes Site

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

Jun 24, 2016 Mary Vaughn
Jun 22, 2016 Susan Kelly Keep funding for type1 research
Jun 22, 2016 Jp Dahlem
Jun 21, 2016 Meredith Alton
Jun 21, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 21, 2016 Jody Lane
Jun 20, 2016 Joyce King
Jun 20, 2016 Laura Roberts
Jun 18, 2016 Richard Stokes
Jun 18, 2016 Tonya Stokes
Jun 18, 2016 Frederic Bourdin Please do what's right, keep the funding as it is
Jun 17, 2016 Alexandra Pohl I have been Type 1 diabetic for nearly 35 years, and the growing research is the only thing that has been able to keep me alive.
Jun 17, 2016 Trudy McClellan
Jun 17, 2016 Don Witcher This could be such a Godsend for so many. My youngest son of 19 has suffered with it for many years, as have so many others. Please help them.
Jun 15, 2016 Gregory Hayden My ten year old son deserves a chance for a cure from this life altering disease!
Jun 14, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 14, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 14, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 14, 2016 Jennifer Duranveau
Jun 14, 2016 Susan Jones
Jun 14, 2016 Ariel Oliveras Saez
Jun 12, 2016 Nelson C Melendez My son is type 1. I want to see a cure before I go.
Jun 8, 2016 Laci Risk
Jun 8, 2016 ORPHA WILSON
Jun 8, 2016 Patricia A Simms
Jun 7, 2016 Martha Kubik
Jun 7, 2016 Shannon Lulofs
Jun 6, 2016 (Name not displayed) I would be a candidate for this
Jun 6, 2016 (Name not displayed) My daughter has type 1 I would love research to continue to cure this. You have no idea how it would change lives. Forget about the drug companies which is most likely why this research isn't being funded as much. Because they will lose money.
Jun 6, 2016 Ann Jackson My son has had type 1 diabetes for over 20 years. He is 28 years old and has given up hope of a cure. He really needs a cure.
Jun 6, 2016 Rebecca Tucker
Jun 6, 2016 Tony White Please help this effort
Jun 5, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 5, 2016 Michele Gossen
Jun 5, 2016 Alan Uffer
Jun 5, 2016 Krista Wilson Wood My son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 8 years old. He will turn 18 soon and still struggles every day! Please keep up the funding for the research of Type 1 diabetes so that some day the 4- 5 daily injections he takes will be obsolete.
Jun 3, 2016 AniMae Chi
Jun 2, 2016 Becca Halverson Please continue funding research for diabetes. My sister is now deceased from long term type 1 diabetes(she was 40, knowledgeable and a nurse) and I also have type 1. Please continue funding for a cure!
Jun 2, 2016 Suzie Bertetto Type1 or type2 ... It doesn't matter! Please keep the research rolling. We depend on monitoring devices and insulin injections to make every minute of our lives livable!
Jun 1, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 1, 2016 Patricia Corriea Don't cut funding for diabetes research.
Jun 1, 2016 Tammy Neal
Jun 1, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 1, 2016 W Berube For all the parents with children struggling daily with Type 1 diabetes, please do NOT take away this hope by cutting back funding
Jun 1, 2016 Ashley coon
Jun 1, 2016 Rhonda Garner
Jun 1, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 1, 2016 Shirley Leas For the thousands of people that have this,please don't stop the funding.we need this so bad.
Jun 1, 2016 Jennifer Parker
Jun 1, 2016 Kelli Shill

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