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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 24, 2016 Seth Merwin Please help this study progress. I was diagnosed with T1D when i was 9, and I am now 15. Its a huge part of life and I am scared that I will have to live with it forever, like many others. With this maybe we, along with future generations, can be free.
May 23, 2016 Carla Venturi
May 22, 2016 Jana Stoner My family, on both sides, has a long history with diabetes. Please help keep the research going long term to find a cure for future generations. Thank you.
May 22, 2016 Vita Edwards Please help find a cure for this dreaded disease. So many children & young adults are diagnosed with T1D everyday. I have watched my Son fight this disease for 14 years. Please do not stop funding we need a CURE!
May 22, 2016 Dawn Peterson I would like to see something done about DM1. The constant monitoring is borderline obsessive.cAfter 36 years, I want to be freed from this.
May 22, 2016 Joan Matusin
May 22, 2016 Vivian Imbriale Please help find a cure for this ancient disease. We are getting so close, it is a shame to curse those of us who have suffered so long. I have fought this disease for 50 years, many improvements in care, but that is all...
May 22, 2016 Linda Taulbee
May 22, 2016 Austin Davis Both me and my dad have type 1 diabetes, I watched him struggle for years, and now struggle myself. It KILLS people.
May 22, 2016 Corrinne Perry
May 21, 2016 Lucy Garza
May 21, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2016 Pamela Bonekamp Please don't make any cuts for diabetes. I have faith that a cure is near and would help millions live a healthier and less stressful life. My son is type 1 and his disease has also affected his family negatively. Fight for a cure.
May 20, 2016 Tammie Speidel
May 18, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 17, 2016 Shawna Asbury
May 17, 2016 Jamie Connelly
May 16, 2016 Phyllis Johnson
May 15, 2016 Ingy Ismail
May 15, 2016 harold martin These kids/adults need a cure......as I am a brittle diabetic also and each night I go to bed and wonder if it is my last time I see my families face or even get to talk to my family again I am sure if it was your loved one you would keep the research goi
May 14, 2016 melissa laney Y
May 12, 2016 Melisda Cokely These kids need a cure.
May 12, 2016 Alex Gentile
May 12, 2016 Lisa Powell
May 11, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 11, 2016 Julia Buck Please continue funding for type 1 diabetes research so one day a cure may be found. Thank you!
May 11, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 11, 2016 jerome crowder
May 11, 2016 Bonnie Klinger WE NEED TO FIND A CURE..PLEASE DO NOT CUT THE FUNDING FOR DIABETES RESEARCH..IN OUR HOUSEHOLD WE CALL IT TYPE 1 DIABEASTES.....BECAUSE IT IS A BEAST OF A DISEASE TO LIVE WITH AND RAVAGES THE BODY AS THE YEARS GO BY...PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE..
May 11, 2016 Richelle Cyrus I'm a type 1 diabetic I just hope and pray for a cure soon because diabetes is slowly killing all of my organs and funding is needed to help me and others. Thank you
May 11, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 11, 2016 (Name not displayed) Please don't cut funding.
May 11, 2016 Sandy Merritt This is a terrible disease, that effects the lives of millions, please fund the research.
May 11, 2016 Chris Gregorich Please keep this research going!
May 11, 2016 Chandra Block Us type 1's need all the help and support we can get.
May 11, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 11, 2016 Suzanne Miller Help!!
May 11, 2016 Daniel DeForest I want to be a test subject for this if possible
May 11, 2016 Angie Burris
May 11, 2016 Karen Christman I have had Type 1 for 35 years. It would be amazing to have a cure. With all of the other fake type II and 2.5 and 3 types of diabetes they can lose weight to get rid of it. Type I is the actual disease not curable by diet and exercise. Help us!!!!
May 11, 2016 (Name not displayed) I have had type 1 diabetes for 46 yrs. We urgently need a cure. Please fund annually.
May 11, 2016 Nancy Trombino We need a cure!!
May 11, 2016 coreen calrow KEEP THE MONEY IN PLACE FOR THIS CAUSE THAT AFFECTS MILLIONS OF CHILDREN AND ADULTS
May 11, 2016 Gail Boylan
May 11, 2016 Kellie Tiefenbrunn NOTHING is more important than finding a cure for these horrible diseases that people suffer with everyday. My son deserves it!
May 11, 2016 John Kidd
May 11, 2016 Thomas Thornhill Keep the funding. My daughter needs it!
May 11, 2016 Karlynne Birmele
May 11, 2016 Aurora Rosskopf On insulin pump been a diabetic since 10 years old and now 46 worried about my future

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