Life with Type 1 Diabetes Made a Little Easier through Lilly Diabetes Scholarship Donations for Camps, College and Conferences

PR Newswire — April 7, 2017

/PRNewswire/ — Living with type 1 diabetes comes with many unique challenges in
all stages of life. For parents of children with the condition, financial,
medical and emotional worries can be overwhelming. To help support people with
diabetes and those who love them, Lilly Diabetes today announced it will donate
$94,000 to the American Diabetes Association (Association) Campership program
and $100,000 to the Diabetes Scholars Foundation (Foundation).

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Both donations are part of Lilly’s longstanding commitment to give people with
diabetes access to education, community and inspiration.

Diabetes Camps Make a Difference

The Association conducts nearly 70 camp sessions annually throughout the U.S. to
help children with type 1 diabetes develop skills to independently manage their
diabetes through traditional camp activities, medical support and fun. Attending
camp can instill confidence and help children understand they are not alone. In
fact, a three-year survey conducted by the Association found that attending camp
increased confidence and lowered diabetes-related stress in some campers.1

Lilly Diabetes’ $94,000 donation goes directly to the Association’s Campership
program, which awards scholarships based on financial need. The amount
represents $1,000 for each year Lilly has supported those living with diabetes
since introducing the world’s first commercial insulin in 1923. Lilly Diabetes
is the largest supporter of diabetes camps in the U.S., donating $716,000 since
2008. The company also provides volunteers, diabetes medicines, educational
materials for campers and caregivers and motivational speaker visits from
well-known athletes and musicians, including Nashville recording artist, Crystal

“Camps are a unique experience for children and families to develop the skills
and confidence needed to thrive while managing this disease,” said Tamara
Darsow, PhD, senior vice president, research and programs, American Diabetes
Association. “We are committed to ensuring that finances are never a barrier to
attending camp, and Lilly’s support is critical to keeping that promise.”

Easing the Transition to College

The transition from home to college can be stressful for any teen, especially
those with type 1 diabetes. Balancing classes, assignments and campus activities
while managing diabetes every day is a unique challenge. Lilly helps ease the
financial burden by donating scholarship funds to the Diabetes Scholars
Foundation to help these young adults pursue their dreams.

For the fifth consecutive year, Lilly will donate $100,000 to support the
Lilly’s Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarship. The award recognizes high school seniors
who will be attending college the following year, and who are active in the
diabetes community, perform at a high academic level, participate in community
and/or extracurricular activities and successfully manage life with diabetes.

Since 2012, Lilly has awarded 84 scholarships, with 57 percent of recipients
attending a top-50 academically ranked college or university.

“Attending college is a major milestone for those with type 1 diabetes, and we
understand the journey for them can be extra demanding,” said Mary Podjasek,
president, Diabetes Scholars Foundation. “Lilly shares our goal to help these
young adults thrive and we are grateful they support our mission to help make
college attainable for standout students with type 1 diabetes.”

Support for Families and Children with Type 1 Diabetes

Beyond camp and college, a supportive community can have a powerful impact on
families with children with type 1 diabetes. Lilly Diabetes designates a portion
of its $100,000 Foundation donation to help families attend the Children with
Diabetes® Friends for Life® (FFL) conference, an annual gathering of clinicians,
researchers, physicians and families with diabetes, held in Orlando. Funding
from Lilly Diabetes has helped 50 families attend FFL since 2012.

“Lilly Diabetes’ mission is to support the needs of people with type 1 diabetes
as they move through all stages of life,” said Jaqueline Giovanoni, global
director, advocacy and professional relations, Lilly Diabetes. “We are proud of
our ongoing collaboration with these two important organizations that work
tirelessly to support families and children with type 1 diabetes.”

Apply for a Scholarship

For more on Association camps and how to apply for a scholarship, visit:

Foundation college scholarship applications are due April 15, 2017. Applicants
must be U.S. high school seniors with type 1 diabetes and seeking higher
education at an accredited four-year university, college or technical or trade

Foundation FFL conference scholarship applications are due April 15, 2017.
Scholarships are awarded to U.S. families with at least one child, infant to age
18, who has type 1 diabetes.

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, our
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 (800-342-2383) or visit Information
from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.

About the Diabetes Scholars Foundation
In 2004, a group of parents who have children with type 1 diabetes created the
Diabetes Scholars Foundation. Their goal was to empower people living with type
1 diabetes through education. Headquartered in Rolling Meadows, Ill., it is the
only foundation that funds college scholarships open to all students in the
United States with type 1 diabetes. In the past seven years, the Foundation has
awarded almost $900,000 in college scholarships and has helped almost 3,000
people attend the annual Children with Diabetes® Friends for Life® conference in
Orlando, Fla. In 2016, the Foundation received 2,600 college scholarship
applications from 50 states. Information about the Foundation is available at

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 or follow us on Twitter: @LillyDiabetes.

About Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY)
Lilly is a global healthcare leader that unites caring with discovery to make
life better for people around the world. We were founded more than a century ago
by a man committed to creating high-quality medicines that meet real needs, and
today we remain true to that mission in all our work. Across the globe, Lilly
employees work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need
them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to
communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. To learn more about Lilly,
please visit us at and


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