Diabetes Awareness Ambassador Ryan Rice to “Ride” with Ryan Reed in Charlotte


CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 3, 2016) – Drive to Stop DiabetesSM representative Ryan Rice will “ride” along with Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Reed during Friday night’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Rice will have his name featured on a decal above the passenger-side window of the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association Ford Mustang as part of the joint campaign to spread awareness and education about diabetes.

Like Reed, Rice has diabetes and knows the importance of staying healthy to manage the disease.  Through working with his doctor, eating healthy and exercising, Rice successfully lives with diabetes and is an inspiration for those who live with it.

Rice is part of the planning committees for two signature fundraising events by the American Diabetes Association®, Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes®, a walk, and Tour de Cure®, a cycling ride.  Rice’s favorite ways to stay healthy include walking and standing as much as possible while at work, as well as enjoying the outdoors by strolling around Lake Wylie.  In addition, Rice speaks openly about diabetes in an effort to help other members of the diabetes community.

“It’s no small task to make major lifestyle changes that benefit your health, so I commend Ryan Rice for doing just that,” said Reed.  “It’s awesome to see Ryan’s participation in the Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes and his willingness to help others and be a voice for the diabetes community.”

Reed and the “Riding with Ryan” program roll into Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend for the second time this season.  Earlier this season, Reed finished 19th at the 1.5-mile track after starting 15th.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series takes the green flag from Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday, Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

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.