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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

Nov 28, 2015 Alicia Selph
Nov 27, 2015 Wilhelmina Edelston
Nov 26, 2015 Katie Smith
Nov 26, 2015 Crisi Gaskin
Nov 25, 2015 Lori Ann Zarcone
Nov 23, 2015 Becky Ensminger
Nov 23, 2015 Glendolyn Elliott
Nov 22, 2015 Chris Hodges Continue research and funding. My daughter struggles with Type 1 diabetes.
Nov 22, 2015 Timothy VANIER My daughter has Type I Diabetes
Nov 22, 2015 Jeremy Bryant My girlfriend has type 1. Hopefully a cure can be met for all diabetics.
Nov 22, 2015 Hayley Vanier I have type 1 diabetes for 17 years I need this
Nov 22, 2015 Mary Carpenter My great grandson has type 1 since he was . I pray everyday they find a cure
Nov 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 22, 2015 Kimberly Sanders
Nov 22, 2015 Amy Britt
Nov 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 22, 2015 Gregg Perkins Keep the research and funding going. Too many kids are limited on what they can eat and do because of this illness.
Nov 22, 2015 delana tradewell Please keep funding. Nothing is as heartbreaking as telling a five year old he can't have any more food
Nov 21, 2015 Barbara Favoino T1D NEEDS attention NOW to continue studies being done to totally ERADICATE this awful disease!
Nov 21, 2015 Karen Gentry Type 1 to Type None!!!
Nov 21, 2015 ukara huff
Nov 21, 2015 Danielle Osterweil
Nov 21, 2015 Steve Kessler
Nov 21, 2015 Melissa Felix Lets get this cure. GOD MOVE IN A MIGHTY WAY.
Nov 21, 2015 Kevin Heath lets cure this disease!
Nov 21, 2015 (Name not displayed) Praying you will continue to fund the original program We are so close to finding a cure got this life changing disease! My little grand daughter is beginning her fight and I would love to see a breakthrough soon for all of those dealing with diabetes 1
Nov 21, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 21, 2015 Cindy Silber Make this a priority! We need to find a cure! I'm Type 2 and would really like to see an end to it!
Nov 20, 2015 Joel Haan Make it a priority.
Nov 20, 2015 Toni Rice
Nov 20, 2015 Andrew Hartwig Please please continue to research. I'm a Type 1 Diabetic.
Nov 20, 2015 Denise Johnson
Nov 20, 2015 Crystal Estep Let's find a cure!!!
Nov 20, 2015 Lisa Hagans
Nov 20, 2015 karen heath
Nov 20, 2015 Christa Matherne
Nov 20, 2015 Karen Harper
Nov 16, 2015 Cathy Gould
Nov 15, 2015 Marie Hemphill
Nov 12, 2015 Delia Llamas Diabetics been waiting long time for some good news
Nov 12, 2015 Linda Donaldson
Nov 12, 2015 Linda Peterson
Nov 12, 2015 Sheri Anderson
Nov 12, 2015 Alison Kelly
Nov 12, 2015 Heather Miller
Nov 11, 2015 John Jacobs Senators, Please do not cut funding for this horrible disease. We are so close to a cure. If you don't have diabetes you really don't realize how much it affects you, health, mental health, depression, etc. Please keep the funding I'm begging you
Nov 11, 2015 Stephanie Nielsen
Nov 11, 2015 Joan Jurancich I and many of my friends have Type 2 diabetes. Please keep funding the research & development of new ways to monitor and control blood glucose.
Nov 11, 2015 Carol Calfee I know so many children suffering from this disease to have a future play with problems that we can only a imagine. My brother suffers every day. My brother-in-law suffers every day. Please don't stop the research!!
Nov 11, 2015 patty lombardi diabetic 36 yrs

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