Diabetes Awareness Advocate Larry Lukin to ‘Ride’ with Ryan Reed at Dover

DOVER, Del. (May 10, 2016) – American Diabetes Association® representative and diabetes advocate Larry Lukin will ‘ride’ along with Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Reed during Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Dover International Speedway. The Greater Philadelphia area native 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, Lukin lives with diabetes and knows the importance of staying healthy to manage his diabetes. Through working with his doctor, eating healthy and exercising, Lukin successfully lives with diabetes and is an advocate for those who also live with the disease.

Lukin helps raise awareness and funds for diabetes through his participation in the American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure® cycling event, which he has been involved with since 2011. This weekend in Dover, Lukin and his son 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 awesome to see how Larry isn’t letting his diabetes slow him down and is actively managing his health to feel better and live a normal life,” said Reed. “I’m really excited to meet him this weekend and thank him for being a great ambassador for the Drive to Stop Diabetes program. I encourage fans to share how they manage their health as well using #IDriveMyHealth on Twitter for a chance to have their answer included in my paint scheme at Phoenix International Raceway later this season.”

Ryan Reed and the ‘Riding with Ryan’ program roll into Dover International Speedway this weekend for the first time this season. Reed finished 11th in this race last year after starting 17th. In his last appearance at Dover in October 2015, he finished 14th after starting 16th.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series takes the green flag from Dover International Speedway on Saturday, May 14th at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX and MRN.

About Drive to Stop Diabetes

The Drive to Stop Diabetes campaign strives to educate people about living well with diabetes. The campaign encourages the millions of Americans who have diabetes to talk about it with their doctor, family, and friends and to actively manage their health.

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 (800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.