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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

-- Family Member or Friend - Teresa Ollila, Colorado

Ollila is a mother of two and an avid photographer. Inspired by her

son's diabetes diagnosis at age 3, she took an interest in capturing

the complexity of living with diabetes by photographing others with the

condition in her community. Ollila's collection of photographs, titled

"Living with Diabetes," reveals the emotional impact of diabetes on

people's lives. "I'm photographing how diabetes affects relationships

and the feelings it provokes to care for others," Ollila wrote in her

narrative.

-- Health Care Professional - Theresa Garnero, California

Despite not having diabetes herself, Garnero is no stranger to this

condition. Garnero draws diabetes-focused cartoons for various medical

publications and also serves as a clinical nurse manager at a major

medical center in California. She believes humor is a necessary

component when talking about diabetes, saying, "If you laugh, you

learn." In addition, Garnero will publish a book in 2008 in conjunction

with the ADA that portrays the daily challenges and achievements

possible following a diagnosis.

"The journeys traveled by people with diabetes and their families -- both the ups and downs -- have been inspiring us at Lilly for more than 85 years," said Matt Beebe, Diabetes Brand Leader, Lilly USA. "We hope these creative expressions of the diabetes journey, each representing a unique story, will not only serve as inspiration to those affected by this condition, but will also help increase global awareness of diabetes and the unmet needs of those around the world."

The Inspired by Diabetes Creative Expression Competition will begin accepting entries again this summer. To learn more about Inspired by Diabetes and how to enter the competition, please visit: inspiredbydiabetes.com.

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