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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


May 26, 2015 Barbara Cross with today's technological advancements type 1 diabetes related illnesses could be a thing of the past. Our children are our future. Give them hope. Do not cut back on research funding for diabetes. Let's make these everyday struggles go away.
May 26, 2015 Beth Williams Just do it! I'm tired of waiting! I've been waiting for 43yrs.
May 26, 2015 Steven Cummings Our daughter has had to deal with this for over 20 years. We would change places with her if we could. All Type I diabetics deserve a life w/o diabetes and its side-effects.
May 26, 2015 Michael Forbes De-fund something else. We are too close to a breakthrough in the treatment of this horrible disease.
May 25, 2015 gina richardson
May 20, 2015 Joanne Montgomery Reaserch is essential it must be funded.
May 20, 2015 Lauren Smit Please keep diabetes research funding. I live with this terrible disease everyday and pray and hope a cure can be found! Please do whatever is needed.
May 19, 2015 Rachael Pappano
May 19, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 17, 2015 Pat Bernardi
May 15, 2015 suzanne johnson please fund a lot of diabetic researchers. My beautiful granddaughter is stricken with this horrible disease. She lives it 24/7 and we need an artificialancreas. You see, Cesalies pancreas is broke - aka type 1 juvenile diabetes
May 14, 2015 Misty McCurley Praying for a cure
May 13, 2015 Janice Sprow
May 12, 2015 Kristina Carlson There is so many of us that can't afford to stop research to become better.
May 12, 2015 Gloria Masorli
May 12, 2015 (Name not displayed) Do Not Cut Funding for diabetes, many Americans benefit from it.
May 12, 2015 Linda Matarazzo This is essential to save and extend lives.
May 12, 2015 Christina Sprague I am diabetic and have 3 boys and 11 grandchildren, diabetes runs on both side of the family there is a high chance that one of the boys or 1 or more of my grandchildren will develop diabetes
May 12, 2015 Aida E Ortiz
May 12, 2015 Carrie Kinkade Im a type 1 insulin diabetic I have been for 28 years and I have suffered so much. It sickens me that diabetes is no concern to the Congress or the government but cancer is. They are very much similar as both are a silent killer. both are fight n battle
May 12, 2015 Jeffrey babin
May 12, 2015 wanda bossier Please keep diabetes research funding.
May 12, 2015 Alaina Andreason
May 12, 2015 Rosalie Garrett Help the children.
May 12, 2015 Monica Jumper
May 12, 2015 Amy Haskins We must find a cure! Please don't cut funding for type 1 diabetes.
May 12, 2015 (Name not displayed) Fund research for Diabetes. 18 million deserve this funding benefits
May 12, 2015 Jennifer De Rensis Both me and my 8yo daughter have type 1. Please don't stop funding for her, and the millions of others fighting
May 12, 2015 Nicky Minetti
May 12, 2015 Cynthia Castro Please do not stop funding we need research for type 1 diabetes. Thank you
May 12, 2015 Pam Rambo Please do not cut funding for type 1 diabetes. The patients are not responsible for this disease and need this research to continue.
May 12, 2015 Katari Wolfe I'm on a o insulin pump and I'm always forgetting to do finger sticks. I would live for this new device to come out. I'm willing to try it out and help to find a cure/ easy way to live and manage my diabetes.
May 12, 2015 melanie eddington please support diabetes research!
May 12, 2015 Dineen Wright Please support diabetes research for type 1. We need to find a cure, as well as advances in care until a cure is found. Thank you
May 12, 2015 Charity Osborne Our 24/7/365 is spent worrying & monitoring blood glucose levels, food, insulin, equipment & supplies. My son pokes his fingers a min of 6x/day & wears an insulin pump & carries a "go bag" with him AT ALL TIMES. Don't cut research funding! We need a cure!
May 12, 2015 dewayne keathley please continue the research funding for type 1 diabetes. my son was diagnosed with type 1 at 2 years old and is now 7. we test 8 to 10 times a day with finger pricked and try and balance his activity that sends him in dangerous lows and highs. please
May 12, 2015 Otis Drinkard Please continue research for a cure in diabetes
May 12, 2015 andrea jones
May 12, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 12, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 12, 2015 Gina Larson
May 12, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 12, 2015 Tami Koehl
May 12, 2015 julia godin
May 12, 2015 Shirley Willis Please do not cut Diabetes research! It is essential to erradicate this horrible disease!
May 12, 2015 julie greentree
May 12, 2015 (Name not displayed) Please continue research for a cure in diabetes
May 12, 2015 Anthony Vargas I have diabetes for 10 years please don't stop research
May 12, 2015 LIMARIES PHILLIPS I've been a diabetic for 14 years. Also have family who has diabetes. We are hoping for a cure!
May 12, 2015 (Name not displayed) My daughter was diagnosed with type 1diabetes in December 1996. We were told a cure would be found in ten years. That didn't happen, funding is crucial to finding a cure. Diabetes sucks, it's a terrible disease to live with, especially growing up with it.

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