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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 28, 2015 Judy Miles PLEASE...Keep the funding going to find a cure for type 1 diabetes. Unless you go through the struggle of trying to feel good everyday, you really don't understand the pain of a low sugar or a high sugar and how awful your body feels. Let's find a cure!
Feb 28, 2015 Karen Allen
Feb 28, 2015 Danielle Storms
Feb 25, 2015 Sydney Rickert
Feb 23, 2015 Christina Michael
Feb 23, 2015 Maria Afonso
Feb 23, 2015 Deborah Lombardi
Feb 23, 2015 Melissa Rhoton Please don't stop the funding for my 2-year-old daughter. She has a very long life ahead of her, and I hope that one day we can say she "used to have" Type 1.
Feb 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 23, 2015 Tina Moore My daughter and I both dream of the day we no longer have diabetes!! Theres been great advances since my diagnosis 38 yrs ago but the ultimate advance is when there is finally a cure!
Feb 23, 2015 Janet Malvone
Feb 23, 2015 Lani Porter
Feb 23, 2015 Denise Danielson The insulin that both my daughters take to sustain life also runs great risk of taking their lives. It has death as a side effect. Please cure this hellish disease. Free them from this 24/7 burden
Feb 23, 2015 Jaclen Milo-waite Please don't stop funding, my daughter deserves to live a life with type non.
Feb 23, 2015 Rebecca Garcia Keep the diabetes research funding. This is not a problem solved with medicine only. This kills and causes limbs to be amputated.
Feb 21, 2015 Crystal Kimmel
Feb 20, 2015 Kristin Shamlou
Feb 18, 2015 Alexandra Krous Do not cut research funding for Diabetes! I have a twin sister who is Type 1 Diabetic and I imagine a day that she will be cured!
Feb 17, 2015 Lisa Johnson Please help! We all need a working pancreas!
Feb 17, 2015 LINDA FANCHER
Feb 16, 2015 cynthia zanders
Feb 16, 2015 Breanna Carlson Signed!
Feb 16, 2015 Joe Clifford
Feb 16, 2015 Sean Whalen Please continue to Fund Special Diabetes Program. Type 1 Diabetes is a devastating disease that only those living with truly understand. Please DO NOT CUT FUNDING
Feb 16, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 16, 2015 Britny Cottrell Don't cut funding! This research is too important to cut! My friends and family deserve a chance to find a cure!
Feb 16, 2015 cassandra milden Do not cut funding, I am type one diabetic and praying for a cure. Research means hope
Feb 16, 2015 (Name not displayed) Please DO NOT cut funding for type I diabetes research!
Feb 16, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 16, 2015 Gonzalo Lara
Feb 16, 2015 Karen Wheeley Cutting funding to Type 1 diabetes is not wise nor feasible. These children are our future and anything detrimental to their growth and future health diminishes our country's future and growth.
Feb 15, 2015 Jennifer Inniss
Feb 15, 2015 Jeff Gasson
Feb 15, 2015 Jennifer Galvin My little one has type one diabetes. It will be three years on the 18th. We need this and thanks to Ray Allen for all his work, awareness, and what we do for our kids . Please keep this founding going .
Feb 15, 2015 Karen Smith My daughter has type 1 diabetes.
Feb 15, 2015 Diana McClanahan We need this research and funding. It is apparent that none of our senators or k eaters have loved ones that are battling thus disease. Let's cut your pay and health Benefits and out it towards this cause.
Feb 15, 2015 Karen Freeman I have had Type 1 for 50 years and Diabetes research is very important to me!
Feb 15, 2015 Billie jo sackett-snider
Feb 15, 2015 Linda Shumaker Type 1 diabetic for 38 years also mother of type 1. It's time to find a cure.
Feb 15, 2015 paul brusca
Feb 15, 2015 mary scott contonie funding
Feb 15, 2015 Kim Woods
Feb 15, 2015 Dave Woods
Feb 15, 2015 Preston Kyles I have been diabetic for 7 years and I will hope that you consider not to cut the funding because it will back fire and the people of the U.S. will riot. Please do not do this to us
Feb 15, 2015 Michelle Berry
Feb 15, 2015 Jeffrey Wagner Please keep the funding for Diabetes Program. My grand daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 6 and she needs your support.
Feb 15, 2015 Tammi Hamper I have 2 young diabetics (type 1). We need a cure yesterday! !!
Feb 15, 2015 charlene clifford I beg you to not cut diabetes research funding. My husband has been a type 1 diabetic since he was a little kid. We need a cure
Feb 15, 2015 Silvia Holiday I am type 1!
Feb 15, 2015 (Name not displayed)

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