American Diabetes Association Youth Ambassador Sadie Davis to ‘Ride with Ryan’

American Diabetes Association Youth Ambassador Sadie Davis to ‘Ride with Ryan’

CONCORD, N.C. (September 29, 2015) – American Diabetes Association® Youth Ambassador Sadie Davis will ride along with Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Reed during Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Dover International Speedway. The Georgetown, Del. native will have her name featured on a decal above the passenger-side window on the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes American Diabetes Ford Mustang.

Davis was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 10, nearly three years ago. The 12-year-old is an advocate for everyone living with diabetes. Over the summer, she met with legislators in D.C. to encourage continued diabetes research funding and was recognized for her work by the Delaware Legislature. Davis has also spoken at various events to advocate for more research funding with her legislatures and to spread diabetes awareness with her community at large.

Davis lives by the motto, “Diabetes makes everything I do a little bit harder, but not impossible!”

The active seventh-grader hasn’t let her diagnosis prevent her from exceling at school or enjoying her hobbies. She is an Honor Roll Student and co-captain of her school’s field hockey team. She also enjoys community theater acting, kayaking, hiking, reading and hanging out with her friends and family.

“Sadie’s willingness to stand up for the diabetes community by visiting with members of Congress is truly inspirational,” said Reed. “Not only is she an example of how diabetes doesn’t have to control your life, but she has also set out to make sure everyone living with diabetes has the same opportunities. I’m so excited to have her riding along on the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes American Diabetes Association Ford Mustang this weekend at Dover and hope to make her proud!”

Ryan Reed and the ‘Riding with Ryan’ program roll into Dover International Speedway this weekend for the second time this season. Reed finished 11th after starting 17th when the NASCAR XFINITY Series visited the track back in May.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series takes the green flag from Dover on Saturday, October 3rd at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network and MRN.

About the American Diabetes Association

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. For the past 75 years, our mission has been 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 (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.

About Lilly Diabetes

Lilly has been a global leader in diabetes care since 1923, when we introduced the world’s first commercial insulin. Today we are building upon this heritage by working to meet the diverse needs of people with diabetes and those who care for them. Through research and collaboration, a broad and growing product portfolio and a continued determination to provide real solutions—from medicines to support programs and more—we strive to make life better for all those affected by diabetes around the world. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter: @LillyDiabetes.