NASCAR Driver Ryan Reed to Race in the Drive to Stop Diabetes℠ Car in Richmond

Alexandria,
April 22, 2013

NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Ryan Reed will compete for the first time in the No. 16 Drive to Stop Diabetes Ford Mustang at his first race of the season, scheduled for April 26, 2013 at the Richmond International Raceway. Reed, who is living with type 1 diabetes, recently announced a collaboration with the American Diabetes Association for the Drive to Stop Diabetes℠ awareness campaign.

Drive to Stop Diabetes will feature Reed as the voice of someone living with diabetes and educational efforts at numerous NASCAR Nationwide races, as well as at several off-track health and wellness initiatives, throughout 2013. A Bakersfield, Calif. native who has been racing since the age of four, Reed was diagnosed at the age of 17 with type 1 diabetes. When he was diagnosed, he was told he would never be able to race again which was unacceptable to the young man who has become an advocate for diabetes awareness and started his own foundation, Ryan’s Mission, to educate people on diabetes. 

“The American Diabetes Association is thrilled to work with Ryan Reed on the Drive to Stop Diabetes awareness campaign,” said Larry Hausner, Chief Executive Officer, American Diabetes Association. “As someone living with type 1 diabetes, Ryan is an inspiration to all of us and will be a passionate voice in raising awareness about diabetes in communities across the country.”

In addition, there will be a mobile movement which will focus attention on educating the community about the various types of diabetes. Through Ryan’s Mission, a 501c3, 100 percent of all net-proceeds raised will be donated to the Association.

“I am so excited to have the opportunity to work with the American Diabetes Association to help give back to those in the diabetes community by creating awareness and educating people on this disease,” Ryan Reed said. “I’m fortunate to be able to do this using a platform that I’ve worked for since the age of four, which is auto racing. I was told two years ago that I wouldn’t be able to achieve my dream of being a NASCAR driver, and now I’m making my debut for Roush Fenway Racing in the No. 16 Drive to Stop Diabetes Ford Mustang Nationwide Series car at Richmond. That just shows life has no limits.”

For more information on Drive to Stop Diabetes, please visit DriveToStopDiabetes.org.

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.