Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Lilly Love

 Have you heard of Lilly Diabetes

Chances are that you have.  Lilly Diabetes has been around since 1923 when they produced the first commercial insulin.  Things have come a long way since then and I just wanted to highlight a FEW of the things Lilly is doing in the wonderful world of diabetes. 

The Diabetes Scholars Foundation recently announced their 2012 Scholarship Reciepients.  This year, 21 scholarships were awarded -  thanks in part to a donation of $100,000 from Lilly Diabetes to support the newly established Lilly Diabetes Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarships and the Foundation’s mission to empower young adults with type 1 diabetes to live their lives to the fullest.

Lilly also kicked off their 8th annual diabetes camp tour!  This year Olympic cross country skier, Kris Freeman, will be traveling across the U.S. this summer to share his type 1 diabetes story with campers at 10 different diabetes camps. To learn more about other Lilly diabetes support programs, click HERE.

Of course, one of my favorite Lilly parternships is their relationship with Disney!  They are responsible for bring us Coco, the monkey with diabetes!  The Coco book has become a favorite of Sweets!  We just wish there was a Coco plush!  (Hey Lilly and Disney folks - Can you make that happen?!? PUH- LEEESE!?!?)  I also snagged some of the young adult stories about living with diabetes at a recent expo I was at and I'm looking forward to adding them to my summer reading list!  To check out the Lilly/Disney resources, click HERE.  

I've saved the best for last!  

Every year, Children with Diabetes has a conference called Friends for Life in Orlando, Florida.  I hear it's beyond amazing - although we have not yet had the pleasure of attending! 

Last year, Lilly and Disney sponsored something called the "Once Upon a Time Conference".  Applicants were to write a short essay about their lives with diabetes.  The winner would receive a trip to FFL!

Guess who won?!?  

No, not me!

One of my very good, most wonderfully awesome friends - MERI from Our Diabetic Life!!!

You may know Meri (I've posted about her and linked to her many times) - and if you don't - you need to get to know her!  She is the mom of four ridiculously amazing boys (three of whom have type 1).  She is an incredible writer!  And she also the wife of a pretty awesome dude who happens to be battling cancer right now.  She is one of the sweetest, kindest, funnest people I know!  Not to mention her mad swagging skills, bolusing ability and all of her swelly brained management of diabetes!  Oh yeah - and there's also the fact that her grace and courage and bravery are constant source of inspiration!

You can read about this incredible gift that she won for her family from Meri herself by clicking HERE.

A big THANKS to Lilly for all the work they are doing for those of us living with diabetes!  Diabetes is hard and it's nice to have a place to go for support and resources!  

** I was not asked to write about Lilly Diabetes or Disney or anything.  I just felt like it!  In no way am I getting anything by doing this.  I just wanted to share some cool stuff and the fact that my friend won this contest and you should check her out cuz she's all that.  This was all me, folks!  All me!**


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