Date: September 13, 2006
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Agua Dulce Teenager Receives LillyforLife™ Achievement Award
Program Honors Outstanding Personal and Professional Achievements in Diabetes
INDIANAPOLIS - Building on its longtime leadership and commitment to improving diabetes care, Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE:LLY) today announced that Jessica Stone, 16, of Agua Dulce, Calif., is a winner in the 2006 LillyforLife™ Achievement Award program. Stone was named the winner in the Young Champion category and recently joined four other award winners at a banquet on Sept. 6 in Indianapolis. She received a $1,500 cash prize and an etched trophy.
The LillyforLife Achievement Awards honor the inspiring achievements of people who make lasting personal or professional contributions to the diabetes community. Nominees were judged by a panel of diabetes care advocates in five categories: Young Champion with diabetes (age 17 and under); Adult Achiever with diabetes (age 18 and over); Professional Hero (health professional, educator, advocate); Friendly Face (caregiver, spouse, partner, friend); and Journalism.
An 11th grade honor student, Stone has overcome several health conditions in addition to diabetes. Shortly after being diagnosed with diabetes, she began volunteering at the Diabetic Youth Services and Camp Conrad Chinnock, a camping program for children with diabetes and their families. She has also successfully managed her health issues to become an accomplished singer and actress and has guest starred in a number of television series including "Chicago Hope," "7th Heaven" and "Six Feet Under." She also voiced the Disney Channel character "Stanley" in the children's animated series.
"I am thrilled to receive this award," said Stone. "I hope my story inspires others with diabetes to take care of their health and pursue their dreams."
"The LillyforLife Achievement Awards demonstrate Lilly's long-standing commitment to the improvement of diabetes care and education, and provide an opportunity to recognize the good work of people in individual communities," said Ron Hoven, Insulins Brand Director, Eli Lilly and Company. "Diabetes can be a difficult disease to manage, but with proper blood sugar control, people with diabetes can succeed and live full, active lives. The stories of these winners should serve as inspiration to us all as we strive to improve the care of people with diabetes."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diabetes affects nearly 21 million Americans; of that, nearly one-third, or approximately 6 million people, do not know they have the disease. Roughly 5 percent to 10 percent of those with diabetes have type 1, a condition where the body does not produce insulin.1 Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. Type 2 diabetes - a condition where the body does not produce enough insulin and/or the cells in the body do not respond normally to insulin - usually occurs in adults over the age of 40, but is increasingly common in younger people.1 Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death by disease in the United States and costs approximately $132 billion per year in direct and indirect medical expenses.1
About Lilly Diabetes
Through a long-standing commitment to diabetes care, Lilly provides patients with breakthrough treatments that enable them to live longer, healthier and fuller lives. Since 1923, Lilly has been the industry leader in pioneering therapies to help healthcare professionals improve the lives of people with diabetes, and research continues on innovative medicines to address the unmet needs of patients. For more information about Lilly's diabetes products, visit www.lillydiabetes.com.
The LillyforLife program celebrates the inspiring achievements of people of all ages who live with diabetes. Applications and program rules are available at www.LillyforLife.com or by calling toll-free 1-888-545-5115.
About Eli Lilly and Company
Lilly, a leading innovation-driven corporation, is developing a growing portfolio of first-in-class and best-in-class pharmaceutical products by applying the latest research from its own worldwide laboratories and from collaborations with eminent scientific organizations. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., Lilly provides answers - through medicines and information - for some of the world's most urgent medical needs. Additional information about Lilly is available at www.lilly.com.
# # #1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Diabetes Fact Sheet. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pubs/pdf/ndfs_2005.pdf.
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