Lilly Announces LillyforLife(TM) Achievement Award Winners

Program Honors Outstanding Personal and Professional Achievements in


Sep 12, 2006, 01:00 ET from Eli Lilly and Company

    INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Building on its
 longtime leadership and commitment to improving diabetes care, Eli Lilly
 and Company (NYSE:   LLY) today announced five winners of the 2006
 LillyforLife(TM) Achievement Awards. The winners include a teenage singer
 and actress with diabetes; a recently retired rehabilitation counselor who,
 though blinded by the disease, assists others with disabilities; an
 internationally recognized pioneer of pediatric diabetology; a devoted
 mother of a woman with type 1 diabetes; and a journalist with diabetes who
 started a successful web log (blog).
     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.
     Each winner receives a $1,500 cash prize (or an equivalent donation
 made in their name to the charity of their choice; the prize for the
 professional category is automatically donated) and an etched trophy. The
 winners were recognized at an awards banquet on Sept. 6 in Indianapolis.
     The 2006 LillyforLife Achievement Award recipients:
     *  Jessica Stone, Agua Dulce, Calif., was the winner in the Young Champion
        category. A 11th grade honor student, Stone has overcome several health
        challenges while managing her diabetes. She volunteers at diabetes
        camps, is an accomplished singer and actress and voices the Disney
        Channel character "Stanley" in the children's animated series.
     *  Patricia Ann La France-Wolf, Temple City, Calif., was named winner in
        the Adult Achiever category. Diagnosed with diabetes when she was 2, La
        France-Wolf pursued a career in nursing. When diabetic retinopathy took
        her vision, she became a rehabilitation counselor and has devoted her
        new career to assisting people with diabetes-related disabilities.
     *  Dr. Arlan Rosenbloom, Gainesville, Fla., is the winner in the
        Professional Hero category. An innovator of programs for children with
        diabetes, Rosenbloom started the pediatric diabetes program at the
        University of Florida, pioneered the team approach to pediatric
        diabetes care, and founded Florida's camps for children with diabetes.
        Dr. Rosenbloom is an Adjunct Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus
        of Pediatrics at the University of Florida.
     *  Julia Ziemieski, Plainfield, Conn., was named winner in the Friendly
        Face category. A devoted mother, Ziemieski has provided unwavering
        support to her daughter with type 1 diabetes. Her daughter credits
        Ziemieski with providing the strength, hope and ability to help her
        manage this disease.
     *  Amy Tenderich, San Francisco, is the winner in the Journalism category.
        Tenderich, who has diabetes, founded the diabetes blog
        "" in 2005. From product reviews to personal accounts
        and interviews to the most up-to-date diabetes news, Amy reaches people
        with diabetes and the general public with her accurate and timely
     In addition, Lilly also presented two special awards at this year's
 recognition banquet:
     *  An honorary LillyforLife Award to an assistance dog who saved the life
        of her owner. By pressing "9" on the telephone, "Belle" summoned help
        for her owner Kevin Weaver, of Orlando, Fla., who has type 1 diabetes
        and fell unconscious due to a severe low blood sugar reaction. Both
        Belle and Weaver were present to accept this special recognition -- a
        set of engraved LillyforLife dog tags for Belle.
     *  The newly established "Jack McCarthy Lifetime Achievement Award" was
        given to its namesake Jack McCarthy of Wichita, Kan. Beginning in 2007,
        the award will be given annually to acknowledge a person with diabetes
        who during his or her lifetime has made outstanding contributions to
        the diabetes community. McCarthy, 73, has type 1 diabetes and was
        singled out for this honor because of his passionate commitment to
        inspire and energize others with the condition. In 1996, he gained
        significant public attention for diabetes by walking from his Kansas
        home to Atlanta for the Summer Olympics, highlighted by walking a leg
        of the Olympic Torch relay. In the decades since, he has continued to
        encourage and educate people about diabetes, a commitment that Lilly is
        pleased to recognize with this new award.
     "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."
     About 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.(1)
 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
     About LillyforLife(TM)
     The LillyforLife program celebrates the inspiring achievements of
 people of all ages who live with diabetes. Applications and program rules
 are available at or by calling toll-free
     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
     (1) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Diabetes Fact
 Sheet. Available at:
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