Urge Congress to Renew the Special Diabetes Program

Tell Congress: Renew the Special Diabetes Program Now

The Special Diabetes Program (SDP) is a critical program that provides type 1 diabetes research at the National Institutes of Health, the country’s premier medical research agency. Congress created the SDP to address the growing burden of diabetes on people living with the disease, and our nation’s economy.

The Special Diabetes Program has delivered life-changing therapies allowing many more Americans to live longer, healthier lives. Because of diabetes research funded by the SDP, there has been significant progress made toward better treatments, advances in prevention studies, and research to achieve the ultimate objective, a cure.

However, unless Congress takes action, the SDP will expire on September 30 – just a few weeks from now. We need Congress to renew the SDP so researchers can continue making progress toward a cure.

Please take action by personally urging your representative and your senators to support the renewal of this program.


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Please Take Action: Renew the Special Diabetes Program by Sept. 30

Dear [Decision Maker],

As your constituent, I am writing to urge you to ensure Congress provides a multi-year renewal of the Special Diabetes Program (SDP) at the current funding level of $150 million as part of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) package before the program expires at the end of this month.

Renewing the SDP will allow researchers to continue promising trials that will lead to better treatments, prevention strategies, and ultimately a cure for type 1 diabetes.

An overwhelming bipartisan majority in the Senate and House supports the program's renewal: Last fall, 75 Senators and 356 Representatives signed letters to Congressional leadership, recognizing the important contributions of type 1 diabetes research.

As a result of this strong bipartisan support, the SDP has led to significant breakthroughs such as new artificial pancreas systems that automate blood glucose management, and treatments to improve vision and prevent blindness among people with diabetic eye disease. But there is still work to be done. We need funding for prevention treatments so that no one gets type 1 diabetes in the first place. We need to continue all our efforts for a full cure.

This will not be possible without your support, and without the Special Diabetes Program.

When it comes to extending the SDP, please remember its impact on Americans living with type 1 diabetes, like me and my family.

This research is too important, and has brought us many steps closer to a world without type 1 diabetes. Thank you for your support.

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]