Diabetes Awareness Advocate Mark Sandler to ‘Ride’ with Ryan Reed at Road America


CONCORD, N.C. (August 23, 2016) – American Diabetes Association® diabetes awareness advocate Mark Sandler will ‘ride’ along with Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Reed during Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Road America.  The Whitefish Bay, Wis. 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, Sandler lives with diabetes and has learned the importance of managing his health through diet and exercise. He has been involved with the American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure® cycling event for 13 years and has raised almost $25,000 for the Association. For the past six years, Sandler has ridden as a Champion to Stop Diabetes®, a participant who has made a commitment to raise at least a $1,000 to support the Association’s mission. In 2016, Mark raised a total of $5,102 and served as the route leader on the Tour de Cure committee.

This weekend at Road America, Sandler will have the opportunity to meet Ryan Reed and watch the race from atop the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association pit box.

“I’m honored to have Mark’s name displayed on our No. 16 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association Ford Mustang this weekend and can’t wait to meet him at Road America,” said Reed. “He’s not only raising money for diabetes awareness, but also managing his own health by taking part in this great event and keeping fit. He’s very deserving of the opportunity and a great representative of the Drive To Stop Diabetes.”

Ryan Reed and the ‘Riding with Ryan’ program roll into Road America for the first time this season. Last year, Reed finished 19th after starting 24th.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series takes the green flag from Road America on Saturday, August 27th at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN 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.