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Inspired by Diabetes U.S. National Contest Winners Share Stories of Perseverance and Success in Managing Diabetes
Date:6/5/2008

SAN FRANCISCO, June 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Drawing cartoons to help people manage the psychological challenges of diabetes was not where Theresa Garnero -- a San Francisco-based nurse -- thought her career path would lead her.

Then a good friend convinced her to combine a love of drawing with her passion for helping people, particularly young children. Ten years later, Garnero -- a National 2004-2005 Diabetes Educator of the Year recipient and aspiring author -- has been recognized not only for her professional work, but her artistic talents as well, infusing humor into a clever approach to diabetes management.

Garnero, 43, was one of four U.S. national grand prize winners of the inaugural Inspired by Diabetes contest, announced today by Eli Lilly and Company and the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The winners will be honored at a celebration hosted by the program's Global Ambassador -- Elliott Yamin, who has type 1 diabetes -- during the ADA's 68th Annual Scientific Sessions this weekend in San Francisco.

The Inspired by Diabetes Creative Expression competition (inspiredbydiabetes.com) encourages all people touched by diabetes to share their stories through visual and written creative expressions -- such as essays, poems, art and photography. Inspired by Diabetes is a global collaboration between Lilly and the International Diabetes Federation's Unite for Diabetes initiative. In the United States, ADA is serving as the Inspired by Diabetes U.S. national advocate.

The second year of the U.S. national competition will officially launch this summer.

Garnero does not have diabetes but entered the contest in the health care professional category. Her art entry, a pin-the-tale-on-the-donkey-style game, asks children to pin a pancreas on a cartoon drawing of a pig. (The pancreas is the body's organ that produces insulin to regulate blood sugar levels; in people with diabetes, the pancreas makes little or no insulin, ofte
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