On Sept. 30, a crucial piece of legislation will expire – a piece of legislation that means everything to my family because it funds life-saving research that could change my daughter’s life.
My beautiful, brilliant daughter has Type 1 diabetes (T1D). Every week she pricks her finger 70-plus times, changes her insulin pump multiple times and her CGM at least once.
The Special Diabetes Program (SDP) provides $150 million a year in vital research that is leading toward a cure for T1D. Some recent examples of SDP research include an artificial pancreas and a study of risk factors and environmental triggers. Future studies will surely prove to be more life-changing!
These advances matter to my daughter and mean everything to many families in the CSRA. T1D affects children, parents, grandparents, teachers, construction workers, healthcare workers – there isn’t a field of work or life that isn’t touched by this disease.
All Americans bear the weight of the cost of diabetes. One in three Medicare dollars is spent on diabetes. That cost alone is a compelling reason for everyone to get behind SDP and encourage Sen. David Perdue, Sen. Johnny Isakson and Congressman Rick Allen to continue the funding of SDP. It doesn’t take a mathematician to see how enormous the cost is to both the public and private healthcare systems. Focused research through the SDP will save billions and improve the quality of life in the diabetes community.
As a volunteer who works tirelessly to raise diabetes awareness, there is a limit to my reach. For this reason, I feel compelled to ask our senators and congressman for their support. They can vote to renew SDP, which has already touched my child’s life with past medical breakthroughs. Please don’t delay in renewing the Special Diabetes Program!
Alice Miller Dorn