Last year, thousands of families walked, ran, danced, and donated to raise 400 million dollars for diabetes research, with the belief that most of it would be going directly to a type 1 cure.
In the end, only 9 million dollars--or 2%--actually made it to Practical Cure research.
Type 1 diabetes affects 5 million people in the U.S. alone, with nearly half of all diagnoses being children under 12. What awaits is a lifetime of monitoring their blood sugar, pricking their fingers, and injecting insulin into their bodies. As time goes on, high and low blood sugars can lead to blindness, amputations, seizures, and even death.
The JDRF, ADA, Joslin, and the DRIF need to fund cure research that can help diabetics in the near future. We call this Practical Cure research--projects that could be pushed through human clinical trials by 2025 and help people now, not fifty years from now.
By signing this petition, you're calling on the charities to put 25% of their research budgets into Practical Cure work. That's nearly 90 million dollars that would get pumped into research that could help type 1 diabetics within the next decade.
Our collective voice has enough impact to create this change, and it could have even bigger implications for how research is conducted and prioritized for other diseases.
Put at type 1 cure on the fast-track, and sign this petition.