NASCAR Nationwide Driver Ryan Reed Kicks Off the Season at the Daytona International Speedway with the Drive to Stop Diabetes Initiative

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Angela Murray
amurray@diabetes.org
703-549-1500 ext. 3425

Alexandria, Virginia
February 20, 2014

NASCAR Nationwide Driver Ryan Reed will be driving his No. 16 American Diabetes Association Drive to Stop Diabetes presented by Lilly Diabetes Ford Mustang at the Daytona International Speedway on February 22.  The Drive to Stop Diabetes initiative is a collaboration with Ryan Reed, the American Diabetes Association and Lilly Diabetes aimed at raising awareness of diabetes in communities across the country.

In February 2011, Ryan Reed received the life-changing news that he had type 1 diabetes and was told he would never race again. He refused to give up his dream of racing and has since become an inspiration for millions of people living with diabetes by continuing to pursue his goals while managing his diabetes.

“We are so excited to be launching the 2014 race season with Ryan Reed and the Drive to Stop Diabetes initiative at the Daytona race on Saturday,” said Larry Hausner, CEO, American Diabetes Association. “It is critical to raise awareness about diabetes and the importance of managing one’s disease and with Ryan and Lilly Diabetes’ help we are getting that much closer to stopping this deadly disease.”

The Drive to Stop Diabetes campaign presented by Lilly Diabetes, features awareness and educational efforts at NASCAR Nationwide races, as well as off-track health and wellness initiatives across the country throughout the year. As part of the effort, Reed will also compete in 33 NASCAR Nationwide Series races for Roush Fenway Racing.  For more information, 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.