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Grammy-nominated Singer Angie Stone Encourages African-Americans in Birmingham to Fearlessly FACE Diabetes
Date:2/23/2009

cluding More Than Conqueror Faith Church and Cox Radio on the F.A.C.E. Diabetes initiative. As someone living with diabetes, Ms. Stone hopes to inspire others by sharing her personal story at community-wide diabetes awareness events and calling on African-Americans with diabetes to learn how to better manage their disease.

"I'm thrilled to be in Birmingham, one of the true hearts of the civil rights movement, and continue the legacy of Black History Month by focusing on relevant issues that face the African-American community, such as diabetes," said Stone. "It is an honor for me to share my personal story of living with diabetes and help empower others with the disease. That's why I'm encouraging everyone to come out to the F.A.C.E. Diabetes event and start learning how to be fearless in the face of diabetes."

"As a physician who works with underserved communities throughout Alabama and the Mississippi region, I encounter so many people who don't know how to properly manage their diabetes," said Dr. Sandra Mathews Ford, Cofounder of Spirit of Luke Charitable Foundation. "In staying true to our mission - A Promise to Help with a Message of Hope - we've partnered with Lilly on the F.A.C.E. Diabetes initiative to provide people living with diabetes the necessary resources and support they need to better manage their disease."

The F.A.C.E. Diabetes initiative was developed based on in-depth research of African-Americans with diabetes and insights from physicians and various national and local health advocacy organizations. After a successful pilot program in Chicago two years ago, the campaign launched nationally in 2008 and is now traveling to various metropolitan cities as part of a national campaign. The initiative has already hosted successful events in Chicago, Atlanta, Indianapolis and Washington, D.C. and upcoming events scheduled in Houston.

"We, at Lilly, are thrilled by the momentum
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