Ryan Reed has been racing since the age of four. Yet, two years ago, when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 17, he was told he would never be able to race again. This was unacceptable to the young man who was determined to not have his dreams taken away from him and to live life to the fullest. Well, Ryan is back on the race track and the American Diabetes Association has teamed up with him for the Drive to Stop Diabetes℠ awareness campaign!
As part of this exciting effort, Ryan will compete in numerous NASCAR Nationwide Series races throughout the year driving the No. 16 Ford Mustang, which features a Drive to Stop Diabetes paint scheme. The campaign will also include numerous awareness and educational efforts throughout the year at NASCAR Nationwide races, plus several off-track health and wellness initiatives.
His first race in the Drive to Stop Diabetes car was April 26, 2013, at the Richmond International Raceway, where he exceeded expectations and captivated fans with his victory over diabetes. And, as a bonus, on his way to the race in Richmond, Ryan took the time to stop at the Association’s Home Office in Alexandria, Va., for a meet-and-greet with staff to show everyone his new set of wheels!
Now a passionate advocate for diabetes awareness, Ryan started his own foundation, Ryan’s Mission, to educate people about diabetes. Through this foundation, 100 percent of all money raised will be donated to the Association. The Association is thrilled to be in the fast lane with Ryan, and Ryan is excited as well to have the opportunity to use his voice to show how you can be victorious against diabetes.
“I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to not only be able to drive for the most winning NASCAR team, but also have the opportunity to help other people by educating them and letting them know that life has no limits!” Ryan said.
Thanks, Ryan! We look forward to following your career as you Drive to Stop Diabetes!