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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 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
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
Oct 10, 2017 SANDRA VITO
Oct 9, 2017 J Barney
Oct 7, 2017 Hattie Crouse My 18 year old granddaughter has suffered from Type I Diabetes since the age of 6. We have almost lost her twice due to her being in DKA. The cost of her insulin in astronomical, as it is for others. Please support further funds for cures.
Oct 7, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 6, 2017 (Name not displayed) please help this god bless
Oct 5, 2017 Steve Augustine
Sep 19, 2017 Sabrina Conyers
Sep 18, 2017 Isabel Sabori
Sep 18, 2017 Bobbie Hanlin I think members of congress wouldnt want to cut funding if more of them had people close to them in the fight against type 1 esp children like i do, my nephew and my son, it's heartbreaking when that little face looks and says when can i stop gettin shots
Sep 10, 2017 Silvi Snider
Sep 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 9, 2017 Justin Hopkins
Sep 9, 2017 Alan Downs As a parent of a Type 1 diabetic, I can tell you how horrible this affliction is. From changing our diets, to middle-of-the-night sugar corrections, to ER visits, to losing limbs and lives. Please do what you can to fund research to stop this!
Sep 9, 2017 (Name not displayed) Let us cure Americans
Sep 5, 2017 Kay Beams
Sep 5, 2017 Loraine Lindsey
Sep 5, 2017 Audrey Martin
Sep 5, 2017 Laura Page
Sep 4, 2017 Roisin Elliott
Sep 4, 2017 Michelle Caforio
Sep 4, 2017 Donald Campeau Please do not decrease funding on diabetes research. This research is critical in saving the lives of people who suffer from this devastating disease. Think of the children who will be impacted by such a cut.
Aug 27, 2017 Candi Gaona
Aug 19, 2017 John Moszyk Stop the trump cuts.
Aug 15, 2017 Arlise smith
Aug 14, 2017 Susan Armistead, M.D.
Aug 14, 2017 Sue Brady
Aug 13, 2017 Larry Kubicek
Aug 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 13, 2017 Christopher Vetter Come on, really?
Aug 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 9, 2017 Kevin Lawson
Aug 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 9, 2017 Veronica Raddatz I was diagnosed 15 years ago . i have type 2 and all my efforts are not helping. its heredity . now i cant even afford all the meds and needles and insulin to keep my self health . I PAY ALOT OF MONEY FOR INSURANCE WHY WHY WHY WHY ????????????????????????
Aug 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2017 Jeffery Webster Over the last 13 years we have spent less to find a cure for diabetes that we have spent on AIDS in a year. Please do not cut the funding.
Jul 28, 2017 Diane Andrews
Jul 28, 2017 Alan Austin
Jul 21, 2017 Patricia Seegraves I am type 1 and we need more research done for a cure.
Jul 21, 2017 Debbie Meredith
Jul 21, 2017 Paul Valley Fighting for my life right now
Jul 21, 2017 Sandra Wright

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