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Lilly announces winners of Inspired by Diabetes

Eli Lilly & Co has announced the 2008 winners of the first Inspired by Diabetes contest in the US and revealed a $50,000 donation for a programme of sponsored scholarships
Eli Lilly & Co has announced the 2008 winners of the first Inspired by Diabetes contest in the US and revealed a $50,000 donation for a programme of sponsored scholarships.

The competition recognises the contribution of people trying to raise awareness of the condition, and rewards visual and written creative approaches to the task, such as poems, essays and artwork.

Theresa Garnero, a San Francisco-based nurse, was named the winner in the Health Care professional category for her work aimed at helping people with the psychological difficulties of coping with diabetes. An aspiring author, Garnero has turned her artistic talents to crafting a series of cartoons aimed at helping children, which have earned her the prize in this field.

"I continue to witness the impact diabetes has on the people living with it, their families and global health," said Garnero.

"I am continually inspired to provide humorous, educational resources that unite the individual, the family and our international professional community."

Three others winners will be honoured during the American Diabetes Association's 68th Annual Scientific Sessions in the Adult with Diabetes, Child with Diabetes and Family Member of Friend categories. The competition is a joint venture between Lilly and the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and is part of the Unite for Diabetes initiative.

Matt Beebe, diabetes brand leader at Lilly, said: "We hope these creative expressions of the diabetes journey, each representing a unique story, will not only serve as inspiration to those affected by this condition, but will also help increase global awareness of diabetes and the unmet needs of those around the world."

Lilly's $50,000 funding will go to the ADA, which acts as the national advocate for Inspired by Diabetes, to provide grants for children from low-income families to attend summer camps. In addition, the company will donate money for each of the winning entries put forward for the global competition to the IDF.

The launch of the second Inspired by Diabetes competition will be announced this summer by Lilly and the ADA.

5th June 2008

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