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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

Dec 8, 2016 (Name not displayed) Plz help
Dec 2, 2016 shawn prince im a t1d for 35 years ... all help is extremely important, needed and highly valued.
Dec 1, 2016 Jackie Bailey
Nov 30, 2016 Abby Mullis
Nov 30, 2016 Loretta Off I've been a Type 1 Diabetic for 33 years and still waiting for a cure!!!!!
Nov 30, 2016 Paula Ehret
Nov 30, 2016 Mayra Khater
Nov 30, 2016 (Name not displayed) This disease is not something that goes away, they need to live with it every single day, EVERY SINGLE DAY--it effects every part of their body--not to mention the medical cost involved--MEDICAL COST INVOLVED. Get the picture.
Nov 30, 2016 Kimberly Weist If there were congressmen with children or parents with type 1 diabetes after spending 1 day caring for a child with this disease why would anyone ever want to cut the funding This is a disease that rears its head everyday for my child .
Nov 30, 2016 Treece Sasser My daughter needs this! She's my Lil hero! She's 11 and been keeping her head up high! She needs a cure! Just like so many others! And they are getting closer everyday!
Nov 30, 2016 (Name not displayed) Find a cure
Nov 29, 2016 Lillian Piskorski
Nov 29, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Nov 29, 2016 (Name not displayed) Please fund diabetes research and dont cut funding diabetics deserve a cure and better means of controling this disease to control the terrible effects upon the body this disease causes
Nov 29, 2016 Terry DeVivo
Nov 29, 2016 Melissa Granstaff
Nov 29, 2016 PAM HELM
Nov 29, 2016 CELIA Helm
Nov 27, 2016 Tina Moroose
Nov 27, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Nov 27, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Nov 27, 2016 Lisa Johnson We need ways to make it more painless to check blood glucose levels. Keep the money in research for future generations.
Nov 27, 2016 Rhonda Ankley I have been a volunteer in the DC CT and the EDIC for 30 years and have been fighting this disease for forty years. I have always been hopeful for a cure in my life time I am now 60 years old.
Nov 27, 2016 betty wilson we need a cure.
Nov 23, 2016 natasha liff
Nov 21, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Nov 8, 2016 Veronica A Lopez Do not cut diabetes research funding.
Nov 8, 2016 Veronica Lopez Please do not cut diabetes research funding
Nov 7, 2016 Patricia Vazquez
Nov 7, 2016 Leila Friedrich
Nov 7, 2016 Amy Holmes
Nov 6, 2016 Deborah Brown
Nov 6, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Nov 5, 2016 (Name not displayed) Please help !! I have a daughter who has type 1 and it sucks 😩 Let's get this vaccine started so we can reverse this horoble disease . Medications and supply are to dam expensive . God bless us all 🙏🏻Sincerely worried mom
Nov 5, 2016 Ilene Bartlett
Nov 5, 2016 Mary Hagee
Nov 5, 2016 Keith Alderson I have a 9 year old daughter that was diagnosed with Type 1 when she was 3 years old. Please help to find a cure. God bless
Nov 5, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Nov 5, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Nov 5, 2016 (Name not displayed) My son is a type 1 since age 6. Let's get rid of this disease which puts an enormous strain on Healthcare monies.
Nov 4, 2016 Wendy Drozda My fiance has type 1 diabetes and suffers with this constantly. Please help
Nov 4, 2016 (Name not displayed) lived with type one diabetes for over and now have gastreoparies, neuropathy and blood sugar levels going from low 30 to above 600 .
Nov 4, 2016 Debbie Oaks I became an adult onset diabetic at the age of 56. So never think it can't happen to you!
Nov 4, 2016 Joe McCool
Nov 4, 2016 Rita Norwood Please help us.
Nov 4, 2016 Greg Campbell Please help with this research. MY daughter has type 1 and I have type 2. I may not see the benefits but I would love to see hers reversed.
Nov 4, 2016 (Name not displayed) Please support research and we need to find a cure for this horrible disease that affects so many children.
Nov 4, 2016 Anna Rock Please continue research
Nov 4, 2016 Sandra White This American epidemic needs a cure and we need your help!

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