20-year-old Ryan Reed – who has type 1 diabetes – teamed up with Seth Barbour in the No. 16 American Diabetes Association Drive to Stop Diabetes Presented by Lilly Diabetes Ford Mustang in 2013. This unique collaboration uses Ryan’s story as the voice. The Drive to Stop Diabetes campaign includes awareness and educational efforts at select NASCAR Nationwide races this year, as well as at several off-track health and wellness initiatives throughout 2014.
Reed takes a number of precautions each time he climbs behind the wheel of his bright red-and-white Ford Mustang. He uses a continuous glucose monitor to read his levels the entire time he’s inside the race car. The monitor mounts on his dash, next to the rest of the gauges, so that he can monitor it just like engine water temperature or oil pressure. One of his pit crew is trained to give him an insulin injection if needed. Reed also carries a high sugar, carbohydrate blend drink that he can drink if his blood sugar gets a little bit low.
“I WANT TO LET THEM KNOW THAT EVEN WHEN LIVING WITH DIABETES, ACCEPT NO LIMITS.” – Ryan Reed