Famous People Working to Stop Diabetes


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.

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Duane Brown

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.

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Lil Jon

For Lil Jon, educating the public about diabetes is a personal mission. After his mother passed away from type 2 complications, he pushed himself to learn more about the importance of prevention and management of the disease.

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J. Anthony Brown

Diabetes has always been in J. Anthony Brown’s family with both parents and grandmother having the disease. He understands how hard it is to keep on top of your diabetes, but he ensures that the reward of living a longer life is worth the effort.

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Gilberto Santa Rosa

My connection to diabetes is through my parents. They suffered from the disease. I inherited it from them. I joined the movement to Stop Diabetes® because I've seen the physical complications of my parents and the consequences that come with the disease.

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Ryan Reed

After being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in Feb. 2011, during the highlight of his racing career, Ryan's approach in his life, career and goals in racing changed.

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Elizabeth Profit

Elizabeth Profit, an elite tennis player currently ranked 996th in the world with aspirations of becoming a professional, has lived with type 1 diabetes for almost 14 years.

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David and Tamela Mann

Tamela Mann says, "When David was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes four years ago, we both decided to jump into getting healthy together by making important lifestyle changes. Since that time, David has since lost more than 40 pounds and lowered his A1C levels from 9 percent to 6 percent."

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Ginnie Crawford

Ginnie Crawford is a two-time USA Outdoor National Champion 100M hurdler. Off the track she is dedicated to empowering others to learn more about diabetes awareness.

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  • Last Reviewed: February 25, 2014
  • Last Edited: June 23, 2014

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