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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

Sep 22, 2014 Amelia Juarez
Sep 20, 2014 Erin Robertson
Sep 20, 2014 Tasha Sewell Please do not cut the funding for diabetes research. My grandmother passed away from the disease when my daughter, which is her first great-grandchild was only 3 weeks old. My aunt passes away from it and I have other family members battling diabetes.
Sep 20, 2014 Robert Medina
Sep 20, 2014 Crystal Taylor Don't cut Special Diabetes Program.
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please continue the research for diabetes. I have several family members with diabetes.
Sep 20, 2014 shawna cotterman
Sep 20, 2014 Evan Pimentel
Sep 20, 2014 Donna Fillingham
Sep 20, 2014 Karin Demaree My brother was a Type 1 diabetic who died when he was 33 years old. He had been a healthy and active person. But, during the 5 years before his death, he went blind, had a leg amputated, and his kidneys failed. Please do not cut funding. A cure is close.
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed) Diabetics fight every day to overcome the symptoms of diabetes. As you age, the struggle becomes harder and harder. We need a cure soon
Sep 20, 2014 Susan Barnes These innocent children did nothing to get Type 1 - so it would be unfair punishment to not continue to research cause,effect and solutions!
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed) I have 2 grandchildren with type 1. One was 15 months & is now 8 years old. The other is 4 diagnosed at 2. Their lives are constantly being monitored and finger tested every 2 hours to check for lows etc even with the newest . Please continue funding!
Sep 20, 2014 Kim Liddy It is time to find a cure! Research needs to continue in order for this to happen!
Sep 20, 2014 Erica Nobles
Sep 20, 2014 Donna Witt Why would you want to cut the funding when so many people old and young have this.I have family member die cause she had diabetes why put something else a head of this awful diease.Please rethink and help out.
Sep 20, 2014 Becky Velasquez My son is a type 1 basketball and baseball 11 yr old. Using injections 4x a day!
Sep 20, 2014 Linda Falkiner
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed) Keep the funding for diabetes research please!!!
Sep 19, 2014 Tammie Brown We need to eradicate this disease. Research and development is needed and should be funded.
Sep 19, 2014 idalia cuevas
Sep 19, 2014 (Name not displayed) My daughter has struggled with this disease since the age of 12 yrs. and is now 32. She has two beautiful daughters who need their mommy to be around to raise them. She fights to be able to even get the supplies necessary to live her life daily.
Sep 19, 2014 Debra Falkiner Please do not cut the funding for Type I diabetes research.
Sep 19, 2014 Angela Anderson
Sep 19, 2014 (Name not displayed) I also am a diabetic please continue the research.
Sep 19, 2014 Tracy Burns I developed type 1 diabetes 6yrs ago at age 36. Since, I've had over 30 hospitalizations & 8 major surgeries...all from diabetic complications. Please help Ray fight for this....it will mean the world to so many people.
Sep 19, 2014 Rosina Leathers Please continue all Diabetic programs and research!
Sep 19, 2014 Carol Stephenson Please continue the Special Diabetes Program to fund Type 1 Diabetes Research. Many of my friends and family are affected. Thank you.
Sep 19, 2014 Rachelle Wood
Sep 19, 2014 Julie Hartung
Sep 19, 2014 Gayla Pappenfoht Please continue maximum funding for diabetes research!
Sep 19, 2014 nancy doerr
Sep 19, 2014 kathy schiff
Sep 19, 2014 Jacqueline Schmidt
Sep 19, 2014 Lisa Pogue I've been a Type 1 for 37 years, that's over half my life. I was recently diagnosed as being allergic to insulin or a preservative in insulin. I need this research. Type 2 is a decision, Type 1 is not! Please help!!!!
Sep 19, 2014 tony monthei
Sep 19, 2014 jarrad Trujillo
Sep 19, 2014 (Name not displayed) PLEASE don't decrease funding for diabetes research! Too many people are effected by diabetes. We must find a cure!!
Sep 19, 2014 Judy Levens Please do not cut funding for Type 1 diabetes. We need a cure. Imagine living every hour concerned about your blood sugar and having to eat when you aren't hungry. We need money for research for a cute now!
Sep 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2014 Bruce Van Note For the sake of children who suffer from Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, do not cut funding for diabetes research and development.
Sep 19, 2014 loreto Romero My son micah has tipe 1 diabetes 1 1/2 years it's one of the hardest things for parents to know that your child has this disease and no cure for it please keep finding this research for type 1 diabetes.....
Sep 19, 2014 Mary Fedorchak
Sep 19, 2014 Jennifer Bowser SHAME on congress!!! How do you people sleep at night!!! Its amazing how not one person in congress that I know of has this disease! And if they did, by God they would get the best care and support the funding!!!
Sep 19, 2014 Denise Jones They need all the help they can receive and more!
Sep 19, 2014 rhonda keely
Sep 19, 2014 LINDA GUINN I have diabetes and think this needs funding and is just as important as all the other things that are researched. It is becoming a world problem.
Sep 19, 2014 Rachel Larrosa
Sep 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)

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