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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


Oct 30, 2014 Brett Phillips Please Keep diabetes research funding!
Oct 29, 2014 Hayden Barr
Oct 29, 2014 Lauren Van Guny
Oct 27, 2014 kathy pearl
Oct 27, 2014 Kalie Ghiglieri
Oct 27, 2014 Danielle Sartori I'm a type 1 diabetic myself. The daily struggles with this disease are far too many to count - we need to keep the funding for research going so that future generations can live with this disease a little bit easier!
Oct 27, 2014 Nancy Hayden
Oct 27, 2014 judith hayden Please do not cut back! I want to be alive for a cure!
Oct 27, 2014 (Name not displayed) My daughter was diagnosed almost two years ago with this life changing disease. Research is critical!!
Oct 27, 2014 Christina Berberian
Oct 27, 2014 Chris Denton Please continue the research. My little 7 year old niece depends on it. Thank you.
Oct 27, 2014 Julie Kukla As a mom of twin teenage boys who were just diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, I urge the continuation of funding for clinical trials and research. My brother passed away at age 47 due to complications (blindness, limb loss, kidney failure).
Oct 27, 2014 Cindy Smith My daughter is type 1 my husband is type 2, we need to keep diabetes research funded.
Oct 27, 2014 Anna Crowley
Oct 27, 2014 Amy Wilson You cant cut back funds for something so important! My 3 year old daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 14 months old! She has had to endure more than should already! we pray for a cure in the near future so she can live a happy healthy life!
Oct 27, 2014 Danelle Barr
Oct 27, 2014 michelle cruz If you have any concern for American people you will continue the research for diabetes type1. Its effects on the youth of America is just as important as cancer or any other disease. My child become chronically ill 12 years and has been treated horribly
Oct 27, 2014 Jennifer Leach This is for my daughter , age 11 diagnosed in 2011
Oct 27, 2014 Theresa Goerner A cure would answer many prayers. Please keep the funding coming.
Oct 27, 2014 (Name not displayed) I'm a type 1 have been for 23 years... thanks to Obama care and the patients I see everyday and myself do not have the funds and diabeyes is killing just as fast as cancer now....quit punishing US
Oct 27, 2014 laura denton
Oct 27, 2014 Kevin Beers My daughter has type 1 since age 7. She is now 25.
Oct 26, 2014 Stacy Naumann
Oct 26, 2014 Kerra Ousky
Oct 26, 2014 jessica salgado I am a type1 and have struggled with it all my life.
Oct 26, 2014 Sharon Sprik
Oct 26, 2014 Kimberly Davis
Oct 26, 2014 Roger Thacker
Oct 26, 2014 mary ellen maloney
Oct 26, 2014 Chad Bays We need to find a cure DO NOT cut this funding! More people are getting diagnosed then ever before...
Oct 26, 2014 Jonna Roberts I'm one of the 3 million...we need a cure now
Oct 26, 2014 Donna Reed
Oct 26, 2014 Bridget Johnsob
Oct 26, 2014 Irma Gonzales Please keep the research to find a cure for diabetes.
Oct 26, 2014 Kimberly LeFevre We need a cure. My dad died of diabetes. I've had it since I was 10. 24 years of shots and worrying about consequences gets hard. Please help me and those like me (like my brother and cousin) to have a "normal" life.
Oct 26, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 26, 2014 Laura Smith
Oct 26, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 26, 2014 Irma Rodriguez Please do not cut funding for diabetes research!
Oct 26, 2014 Brenda Jackson Please help our program to cure Diabetes my son found about 4 years ago and it was hard on him all he could say was way me and dr. Ashlea Hill saved his life because didn't want to live thank u Lord for Doctors
Oct 26, 2014 Clara Satterfield
Oct 26, 2014 Staci Huggins for my daughter Taylor Smith, 10yrs old. Dx Type 1 diabetes-April 9, 2013
Oct 26, 2014 Frances Smith Please do the right thing, I have been Type 1 for 30 years now, my nephew 25 years and my great niece who is 6 yrs old since February. We need to keep the research going and the money is well spent on trying to find a cure for this disease.
Oct 26, 2014 Lacey Sturdy
Oct 26, 2014 Rachelle Minney
Oct 26, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 26, 2014 Mindy Farris Our son was diagnosed 2 years ago with Type 1 diabetes. Please continue funding the research needed to help find a cure. We believe there is a cure to be found in his lifetime.
Oct 26, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 26, 2014 Natasha Humphreys I have two sons with type 1 diabetes funding is key to finding a cure for this disease
Oct 26, 2014 Kim Koleber Yes, we need this continued research for my Megan who has lived with Type1 diabetes for 26 years.

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