Famous People Working to Stop Diabetes
Jillian Rose Reed
One of Reed's deepest passions is giving back; she is actively involved with the American Diabetes Association Los Angeles Chapter, a cause that personally hits home for her as her brother lives with type 1 diabetes.
Having both a mother and grandmother living with type 2 diabetes, Houston Texan Duane Brown knows how serious a disease diabetes is. He advocates for the prevention of type 2 because he doesn't want to see others suffer the same hardships his family went through.
Patti LaBelle knows how important it is to live a healthy lifestyle. Her mother, aunt and grandmother were all affected by diabetes complications, so it truly hit home when Patti was also diagnosed with type 2 in 1994.
Chris Carmichael, world renowned cycling coach and the founder and CEO of Carmichael Training Systems, Inc. (CTS), knows the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle not only for someone with diabetes but for everyone.
When Jody Barton was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, her doctor told her that life as she knew it was over and she would no longer be able to have the active lifestyle she loved. She didn't let that stop her, though, and took the necessary steps to continue life as she knew it.
D.J. Spinderella, member of the iconic hip-hop group Salt-n-Pepa, has personally seen the severe consequences diabetes has on an entire family. Her own mother passed away from complications of diabetes, and now her brother and young nephew live with the disease every day.