Famous People Working to Stop Diabetes

Daja Dial


A family history of type 2 diabetes, plus her brother's struggles with late-onset type 1 diabetes, led Miss South Carolina 2015 to join the fight.

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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.

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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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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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Patti LaBelle

Patti LaBelle
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.

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Kristinia DeBarge

Kristinia DeBarge
Kristinia DeBarge, singer and daughter of James DeBarge (from the group DeBarge), has a genuine passion for using her talents to help raise diabetes awareness.

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Chris Carmichael

Chris Carmichael
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.

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Jody Barton

Jody Barton
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.

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Basma Abdellaoui

Basma Abdellaoui
The Association’s 2014 National Youth Advocate was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of three.

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Spinderella


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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  • Last Reviewed: September 16, 2015
  • Last Edited: September 16, 2015

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