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'American Idol' Finalist and Hickory Records Artist Elliott Yamin to Serve as a Global Ambassador for Inspired by Diabetes Campaign to Help Children with Diabetes
Date:10/11/2007

s from the U.S., and will donate a package of concert tickets and backstage passes to the U.S. grand prize winners.

"I'm thrilled to be joining this important campaign to help children with diabetes around the world," said Yamin, 29, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 16. "Children in developing nations often lack the medicines, supplies, education and basic care they need to survive and thrive. Even here in the U.S., there are kids who want to attend a diabetes camp but can't afford it. By participating in the Inspired by Diabetes contest and expressing how diabetes affects you, you can have a direct impact on a child's life."

Inspired by Diabetes is a global collaboration among Lilly, IDF's Unite for Diabetes initiative and the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD). In the United States, ADA is serving as the Inspired by Diabetes U.S. national advocate.

Yamin is already serving as a special ambassador for ADA's youth outreach initiatives, and will participate in the IDF-led events to celebrate the first United Nations-designated World Diabetes Day on November 14 in New York.

"Elliott's story should inspire us all," said Darlene Cain, Chair of the Board, ADA. "As the U.S. National Advocate for Inspired by Diabetes, we're excited that Elliott's popularity and passion for this cause can help us spread the word and encourage more entries into the contest. The more entries we receive, the more we can help kids with diabetes here in the United States and around the world."

Inspired by Diabetes Contest information

Children, people with diabetes and their family members and friends are encouraged to enter the contest. Health care professionals are also invited to enter.

Grand prize winners will be selected for both the U.S. and global contests for each participant group, with the winners (excluding health care professionals) receiving a trip to attend a media briefing and formal exhibition
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