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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

Oct 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 22, 2017 Linda Tabb
Oct 22, 2017 john pasqua
Oct 22, 2017 Cheryl E
Oct 22, 2017 Shauna Killen
Oct 22, 2017 Joan Cuplin It's Urgent & dire that these continue. Don't cut back on the Special Diabetes Program which helps fund type 1 Diabetes research!!!!
Oct 22, 2017 Susan Foley
Oct 22, 2017 Cynthia Super
Oct 22, 2017 Ruby Sawhney
Oct 22, 2017 Betty Pappas
Oct 22, 2017 Jewel Clark
Oct 22, 2017 Larry Branson
Oct 22, 2017 Lisa Briggs
Oct 22, 2017 Sandra Holbrook
Oct 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 22, 2017 Gloria Bryant Our country was NOT founded for the care of a FEW, but for the good of ALL!
Oct 22, 2017 robert dowling
Oct 22, 2017 Tiffany Brown
Oct 22, 2017 Susan Wilson
Oct 22, 2017 nancy lowe
Oct 22, 2017 Jimmie Lynne Berry
Oct 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 22, 2017 Cheri Alexander
Oct 22, 2017 Fatma Öncü
Oct 22, 2017 Teresa Foster
Oct 22, 2017 Linda K Swift
Oct 22, 2017 Helene Allgood
Oct 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 22, 2017 Nick Flanagan
Oct 22, 2017 Barbara Hobbs
Oct 22, 2017 Ellen Wigley It is just not right to cut funding to diabetic research.
Oct 22, 2017 Jackie Muzio
Oct 22, 2017 Rita Zang Please don't cut the funding. So many people can be helped. Thank You.
Oct 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 22, 2017 Susan Spranger
Oct 22, 2017 Bernadette van der Loo
Oct 22, 2017 Janice Bellenghi
Oct 22, 2017 freddie williams
Oct 22, 2017 Deborah Golembiewski
Oct 22, 2017 Laurie Aman
Oct 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
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Oct 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 16, 2017 Melanie Thomas Too many people have diabetes, including my husband. It's an awful, horrible disease that takes a toll on the diabetic, as well as their family. Please don't stop funding.
Oct 16, 2017 Mary Ann Sala PLEASE, Please do not stop funding...Diabetes can attack a senators relative at any time..:-( Maybe then they would think and Vote differently
Oct 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 16, 2017 margaret petrangelo
Oct 15, 2017 Suzanne Crabtree

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