American Diabetes Association Youth Ambassador Stone Lozano To ‘Ride With Ryan’

CONCORD, N.C. (July 14, 2015) – American Diabetes Association® Youth Ambassador Stone Lozano will ride along with Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Reed during Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The Upton, Mass. native will have his name featured on a decal above the passenger-side door on the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes American Diabetes Association Ford Mustang.

Lozano is an active 10-year-old who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was eight years old. He bounced back quickly after his diagnosis, returning to school in just three days after being sent to the hospital. For fun and exercise, he enjoys playing lacrosse, soccer and basketball.

“I will not let diabetes control me or stop me from doing all the things I love to do as a kid,” said Lozano.

In May 2015, Lozano completed a task that would be tough for any eight year old. After months of fundraising, he rode 15 miles in the American Diabetes Association’s North Shore Tour de Cure® cycling event.

“It’s really easy to feel discouraged after diagnosis, but Stone’s positive attitude and sense of responsibility for his health show that he’s a great representative of the Drive to Stop Diabetes program,” said Reed. “I’m excited to have him riding along on my No. 16 Ford Mustang this weekend so that together we can bring awareness to this important message and show others you can still chase your dreams while living with diabetes.” 

Ryan Reed and the ‘Riding with Ryan’ program roll into New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend for a 200-lap event on one-mile oval. Reed finished 11th in his last appearance at the track in July 2014.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series takes the green flag from Loudon, N.H. on Saturday, July 18 at 4 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network and PRN. 

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 www.diabetes.org. 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 www.lillydiabetes.com or follow us on Twitter: @LillyDiabetes.