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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

Feb 19, 2017 Faye Hutsell
Feb 18, 2017 Jane McEldowney
Feb 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 18, 2017 Sara King
Feb 18, 2017 Kathryn Fenn
Feb 18, 2017 Karen Vosburg
Feb 18, 2017 Chris Mccormick
Feb 18, 2017 Sue Ellen Lupien
Feb 18, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please don't allow cutting funding for diabetes research. It is critical to continue working on this important cause.
Feb 18, 2017 Marion Friedl
Feb 18, 2017 Ed Zehel
Feb 13, 2017 Barbara Berry Do not stop funding diabetes research!
Feb 13, 2017 Chris Lunn Please consider funding to diabetes research MY friends life depends on it... It really makes a difference
Feb 13, 2017 Patricia Schmutz Continue research to improve testing. Five to 8 a day makes for very sore fingers. Lower the cost of supplies - it's outrageous !! Thank You!!
Feb 12, 2017 Erica Allen Please don't allow cutting funding for diabetes research. We know first hand how precious the research is... My son was diagnosed at 18 months of age. He is now 20 years old. He is healthy and thriving because of all the incredible advancements in treatin
Feb 12, 2017 P Rittenhouse
Feb 12, 2017 Keely Upchutch
Feb 12, 2017 Collette Sabin
Feb 12, 2017 Patricia Weber
Feb 12, 2017 john drake Funding the research of diabetes and encouraging the use of new disruptive technology to monitor and treat this and many other diseases will benefit everyone health wise and ultimately financially.Consider funding to entrepreneurial start ups..Never know.
Feb 12, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please.
Feb 12, 2017 Heidi Weber I have been a Type 1 diabetic since the age of 4. This is a very challenging disease and impacts every aspect of your life! Please remember that there is a difference between Type 1 and Type 2 also. Type 1 can't be reversed!!
Feb 12, 2017 Ilka Petrovich I have Td1 please continue with the researchs
Feb 12, 2017 (Name not displayed) I have had diabetes for over 20 years and the costs are extremely costly even with insurance.
Feb 12, 2017 Linda Waters Don't stop any funding for research.
Feb 12, 2017 Stacy Kersey
Feb 12, 2017 Camille Fisher I have a son with type 1. Please don't cut funding for diabetes research. If you had a child with fingers that having peeling skin from all the needle pricks. Or a child who's stomach is full of bruises and needle holes you would understand.
Feb 11, 2017 Tammy Baber
Feb 10, 2017 Howard BLOCK
Feb 8, 2017 Dewayne Peney I was told three years ago that I have type 2 diabetes. With the right Doctor plan and eating right and exercise this disease can be reversed and controlled. There need to be more funding and research to beat diabetes.
Feb 7, 2017 Amy Bobb
Feb 7, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please fund this research the numbers are increasing every second with new diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes
Feb 7, 2017 Victoria Reilly
Feb 7, 2017 Debbie Finley I have an 8 year old son that has Type 1 diabetes. A cure would mean a normal life for him. Please continue funding until this is possible for all diabetics. They deserve it!
Feb 7, 2017 Kendall Dreher Been a diabetic for 39 years. Each day is a struggle. I have not given up. Please don't give up on research funding.
Feb 7, 2017 Judy Johnson Diabetes need help just like any other diseases
Feb 6, 2017 (Name not displayed) Find a cure!
Feb 6, 2017 rita theodoridis my 37 year old type I diabetic daughter has has it 29 years. she has several other complications and diseases that join Diabetes in its torture of life. please help
Feb 6, 2017 (Name not displayed) Funding to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes is important! I do see the big medical supply companies pushing for no cure. They would stand to lose major income if Type 1 was cured, so please stand against them.
Feb 6, 2017 Heather Doyle
Feb 6, 2017 Tabitha Hallan
Feb 6, 2017 Kenneth Kiefer I only have one keep thing to say my wife has had since 12 and think befor wrongly diagnosed an has suffered already 25 years an if you or your loved one's have this that you would not even think of cutting programs and would pray for help form anyone.
Feb 6, 2017 felicia fuqua
Feb 1, 2017 Robert Cooke, Jr.
Jan 25, 2017 Joyce Haskins I have a granddaughter with Type1 and have hoped to see a cure for this terrible condition.The only way is to continue doing research to find this cure.
Jan 25, 2017 Karin Cohen
Jan 23, 2017 Rogi Rogic
Jan 23, 2017 Nina Domergue
Jan 22, 2017 Patricia Nenadich

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