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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

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)
Nov 13, 2017 (Name not displayed) Those of us with diabetes sorely crave an easier and less painful way to monitor our glucose levels that can only be provided by continuing research. Do Not remove our research funding.
Nov 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 13, 2017 Jesse Baartman
Nov 13, 2017 Susan Northcutt Please no cuts. Isn't my life as important as yours?
Nov 5, 2017 Kathy Sparrow
Nov 4, 2017 Jennifer Birkhead
Nov 3, 2017 Steven Beard
Nov 3, 2017 Fred Egan
Nov 2, 2017 Philip Woods Yes fund this
Oct 30, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 27, 2017 Deborah Moore
Oct 25, 2017 Kimberly Wallace
Oct 22, 2017 Steven Schueller
Oct 22, 2017 Susan Walsh
Oct 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 22, 2017 K.J. Herson
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

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