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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


Jan 22, 2018 Donna Trussell I want to see this disease end. I have watched grandparents suffer now for 24 years I have watched my son suffer from this evil disease and it's time for a cure
Jan 22, 2018 Shauna Connors
Jan 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 15, 2018 Shashawna Foland
Jan 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 15, 2018 Charles Pan
Jan 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 14, 2018 (Name not displayed) 52 years insulin dependent Type I
Jan 14, 2018 Pat Loverink
Jan 13, 2018 Carol Huddlestun
Jan 12, 2018 Debbi Wood
Jan 10, 2018 Margaret Brown Please do not cut founding for diabetes research. Progress is being made!
Jan 5, 2018 Robin Bressler
Jan 5, 2018 Beverly Folkes
Jan 2, 2018 gustavo mendoza We need to find a cure for so many people!!!
Jan 2, 2018 Bev Strandell
Jan 2, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 1, 2018 Julianna Myers
Jan 1, 2018 Nancy Nevil
Jan 1, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 1, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 1, 2018 Bret Burdo
Dec 17, 2017 Eileen Meneni Please, please support dabetes research. Pharmaceutical companies make toooo much$ on all the "bandaids" . I wish $ would be solely designated for a CURE! !!
Dec 17, 2017 Daphne Cleland
Dec 4, 2017 Erik Vance
Dec 4, 2017 Micheline Saluga
Dec 4, 2017 Trish Mullins Please keep researching!
Dec 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 4, 2017 Sue Salinas
Dec 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 3, 2017 Rocio Loera My mother and three of my siblings have Diabetes. Please keep funding for research to help with monitoring glucose levels and new treatment options. Thank you.
Dec 3, 2017 Amber Lopez
Dec 2, 2017 robin karlsson
Dec 2, 2017 carol hall
Nov 25, 2017 Janet Novotny
Nov 25, 2017 (Name not displayed) Not much more than the fact that this disease is the #1 killer of Americans should need to be said, however if healthcare providers and any future government healthcare bill is going to withstand he increasing code of care, this needs to be cured! 25yrs
Nov 25, 2017 Shan Croy My neice has diabetes. This study could make her life so much better!!
Nov 25, 2017 Lynn Keiser
Nov 25, 2017 (Name not displayed) It is imperative that funding for Type 1 diabetes be continued & expanded. This is a life threatening disease the robs you of any care free moments.
Nov 23, 2017 Michalla Sutton
Nov 21, 2017 John Dalla
Nov 16, 2017 Cynthia Rawls My step daughter is a juvinelle diabetic please keep the research going please don't stop funding !
Nov 15, 2017 Karrie Vukelic
Nov 14, 2017 Mary Lou Creamer Unfunding research for these illness will not help make a healthier U.S. It's time that Congress tell insurance and drug companies to stop making new drugs unavailable to patients. Congress also needs to increase this funding to keep making strides.
Nov 14, 2017 Cindy Capps My son has been diabetic for 14 years now keep the research going to find a cure
Nov 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)

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