Diagnosed at just 17 years old Ryan Reed, Nascar Developmental Driver, was diagnosed with type1 diabetes and was told he would never be able to race again. Determined to follow his dream of becoming a Professional Nascar driver, Ryan Reed and his parents set out to find a solution.
Since his diagnosis, Ryan has made it his mission in life to help others deal with type1 diabetes, and hopefully eventually find a cure for the disease.
About JDRF Los Angeles:
JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. In 2010, JDRF LA contributed more than $4.4 milllion to research.
The goal of JDRF is to improve the lives of every person affected by
T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for
curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. JDRF collaborates with a
wide spectrum of partners who share this goal.Since its founding in 1970, JDRF has awarded more than $1.6 billion
to T1D research. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered.
Please visit their website for more informaiton: http://www.jdrfla.org
About Ryan's Mission:
After being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) in February 2011, during the highlight of his racing career, Ryan's approach in his life, career, and goals in racing changed. After being told he would never race again and with a strong effort to continue on, Ryan found Dr. Anne Peters, MD of USC Clinical Diabetes Program in California, who confirmed that with hard work, Ryan could still reach his dreams of becoming a top NASCAR driver.
Ryan has found himself in a unique situation and is driven to become a role model in the diabetes community.
Ryan Reed formed his non-profit organization, Ryan's Mission, to help build awareness, become a role model, and positively touch the lives of so many that have already been affected by the disease.
Ryan and his Mission have joined forces with the American Diabetes Association. This unique collaboration with the Association to Drive to Stop Diabetes will use Ryan's story as the voice. The Drive to Stop Diabetes campaign will include awareness and educational efforts at select NASCAR Nationwide races this year, as well as at several off track health and wellness initiatives throughout 2013. The Drive to Stop Diabetes mobile movement will focus attention to educating the community on all types of diabetes. The Drive to Stop Diabetes campaign, through RyansMission.org 501(c)3, will donate 100 percent of all net-proceeds to the Association.
See below for upcoming events: