Famous People Working to Stop Diabetes

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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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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  • Last Reviewed: February 5, 2015
  • Last Edited: February 5, 2015

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