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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


Mar 27, 2015 Jennifer Severance
Mar 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2015 Karen Burke
Mar 25, 2015 Angelina Lopez Please don't stop the research funding. A cure may be the reason for saving a loved one's life, including yours.
Mar 25, 2015 (Name not displayed) I also am a Type 1 diabetic we should not cut funding for this research
Mar 25, 2015 Laraine Diaz
Mar 25, 2015 Jennifer Kalish
Mar 25, 2015 Sara Petrovčič
Mar 23, 2015 Tami Miller Please DO NOT CUT funding to find a cure ASAP thousands of people are affected and being diagnosed every day!!!!
Mar 19, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 19, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 19, 2015 Joetta Frye We need to research until we find a cure! I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 5 and the progress that has been last 38 years has been amazing, but we're not even close to being done.
Mar 19, 2015 Larry Branson
Mar 19, 2015 Randee & Al Locke This disease, as all others, should not be a matter of politics. It is the well-being of the people your Oath of Office promises to protect. PLEASE do your job - DO NOT CUT FUNDING FOR RESEARCH ON DISEASES.
Mar 18, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 18, 2015 Jennifer Luther
Mar 18, 2015 Jennifer Overton
Mar 18, 2015 Diana Smythe
Mar 17, 2015 Brenda Raus
Mar 16, 2015 Donna Stewart
Mar 16, 2015 Ellen Segal
Mar 16, 2015 Susan Schueller
Mar 16, 2015 Suzanne Troll Thank you for your efforts!
Mar 16, 2015 daniela laudati
Mar 16, 2015 Sheila Phillips
Mar 13, 2015 Mike Lanka
Mar 13, 2015 Janie Mathews
Mar 13, 2015 Mary Carberry
Mar 11, 2015 Beth Solis
Mar 11, 2015 Eliza Duncan
Mar 11, 2015 allison thomas I've been a type 1 diabetic for 29 years. The many milestones that has happened in all those years is amazing. We need all the funding that can possible be given to find a cure and help those who have type 1 diabetes and the newly diagnosed.
Mar 11, 2015 Traci Golden
Mar 9, 2015 Carol French
Mar 5, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 4, 2015 Lake Bailey
Mar 4, 2015 Buster Butler
Mar 4, 2015 Edwin Butler
Mar 4, 2015 Linda Chance
Mar 4, 2015 Deanna Gentle
Mar 4, 2015 charles miller
Mar 4, 2015 Daniel Garcia
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)

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