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Sponsored by: The Diabetes Site

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 13, 2018 melodie mease
May 11, 2018 Sara Schmidt
May 9, 2018 Patricia Gillespie
May 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 29, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Apr 27, 2018 (Name not displayed) I am type two and we need you to keep these studies funded.
Apr 11, 2018 Lisa vasta
Mar 30, 2018 Barbara Tomlinson
Mar 24, 2018 Stephanie Harris Our son was just diagnosed on 2/20/18. A devastating and life changing day for him and us! Please don't particularly in taking away his hope for a cure and a normal life. Plus his fear of the long term affects from this disease.
Mar 17, 2018 Heidi Buckles
Mar 13, 2018 Linda Wheeldon
Mar 11, 2018 Mary Myers
Mar 11, 2018 (Name not displayed) DO NOT STOP Diabetes Research funding. Diabetes is the leading cause of not just kidney failure and blindness, but many other issues. A cure of Diabetes should have been found many years ago. Drug companies block this due to the loss of revenues.
Mar 11, 2018 Amy Secrest
Mar 11, 2018 Helen Evans This is the type of research that we need to be doing, as well as cancer research. I have both diseases so I'm making a pitch for both of them. These are among the most diabilitaing diseases we have at this time. There is much research that needs to be
Mar 11, 2018 Jeannie Lee
Mar 11, 2018 Bridgette Tannehill This research is sooo important! As a diabetic something like this would be wonderful! But at my age I probably won’t be alive before it is for sale. At least the next generation will have it.
Mar 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 11, 2018 Nancy McRae
Mar 11, 2018 s norris
Mar 11, 2018 ROBERTA MILLER it almost breaks us by the time we hit the donut hole to buy our insulin. Please help do something to help diabetics. There are lots of them that need help.
Mar 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 11, 2018 Sharon Reardanz
Mar 11, 2018 Jack Wenger
Mar 11, 2018 Cynthia Tonseth Diabetes numbers are on the rise.. do not stop research
Mar 11, 2018 (Name not displayed) I am a type 2 diabetic who is currently suffering from chronic kidney disease stage 3. Please don't cut back funding for diabetic research. I'm 69 and breakthroughs may not be in time for me, but certainly for the thousands of children who could.
Mar 11, 2018 Erica Romanowski
Mar 11, 2018 Noreen Zosa
Mar 11, 2018 Connie Yaryan
Mar 11, 2018 Gillian Miller
Mar 11, 2018 christine thomas
Mar 11, 2018 Sue Eliserio
Mar 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 11, 2018 Lori Cheezem
Mar 11, 2018 Rochelle Chambless
Mar 11, 2018 BobbyKat LittleCub
Mar 3, 2018 DIANE FLETCHER
Feb 25, 2018 Jeanine Smegal
Feb 23, 2018 Jodi Ford
Feb 22, 2018 Christi Thompson I am type 1 along with so many others. We need this research to help find a cure.
Feb 22, 2018 Helen Bowler
Feb 22, 2018 Ernestine Cook
Feb 5, 2018 Janice Banks
Feb 4, 2018 Sandra Richards
Jan 31, 2018 Jennifer Everett
Jan 30, 2018 Barbara Leary
Jan 28, 2018 Roxanne McCullough
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

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