Diabetes Awareness Advocate Nathan Stock to ‘Ride’ with Ryan Reed in Michigan

CONCORD, N.C. (June 6, 2016) – American Diabetes Association® representative and diabetes advocate Nathan Stock will ‘ride’ along with Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Reed during Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Michigan International Speedway (MIS). The Byron Center, Mich. resident will have his name featured on a decal above the passenger-side window on the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association Ford Mustang.

Like Reed, Stock lives with diabetes and knows the importance of staying healthy to manage his diabetes. He was diagnosed at age 13 and has diligently managed his diabetes through insulin therapy, exercise and healthy eating to avoid any complications and trips to the hospital. Also like Reed, he grew up with the dream of being a racecar driver. Today, Stock is a wellness specialist and helps others manage their health.

“My passion for diabetes and the daily care that I take with myself has led me to my current career where I am able to help others live long healthy lives with diabetes,” said Stock.

Stock serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater West Michigan American Diabetes Association and is the president of the Young Leadership Professional Board for the Greater West Michigan American Diabetes Association. This weekend at MIS, Stock will have the opportunity to meet Reed and watch the race from atop the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association pit box.

“It’s so awesome to see how Nathan has turned his diagnosis into something positive and is helping others through his career and his involvement with the American Diabetes Association,” said Reed. “I can’t wait to meet him this weekend to thank him for all he’s doing in the diabetes community and honor him as a representative of our Drive to Stop Diabetes program.”

Ryan Reed and the ‘Riding with Ryan’ program roll into MIS for the first time this season. In this race last year, Reed finished 19th after starting in the same position.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series takes the green flag from MIS on Saturday, June 11th at 1:30 p.m. ET on FS1 and MRN.

About Drive to Stop Diabetes

The Drive to Stop DiabetesSM campaign strives to educate people about living well with diabetes. The campaign encourages the millions of Americans who have diabetes to talk about a management plan with their doctor, family, and friends and to lead healthy lives.

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.

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. Founded in 1940, the Association’s 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 (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish.