Firecracker 400 and Type 1

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2014-07-13 09:00:04 -0500
Started 2014-07-09 15:10:04 -0500

The Firecarcker 400 (at least that is what I remember it being called before all the sponsors) was this past weekend and I had no idea that a type 1 diabetic was not only in the race, but came in 4th place…making it through that last 26 car pile up before the race was called.
A rather young driver, Ryan Reed is getting out there to help support a cure and research through the ADA with the sponsorship of other companies such as Lilly.

I am not a NASCAR fan, but this might just give me someone to root for.
Quite an incredible young man, and with a heart to help. A portion of his earnings go to the ADA.

12 replies

shorty1965 2014-07-12 13:42:44 -0500 Report

I see tv stars that talk about there diabetes,I didnt know there was so many famous people with it but it's good there talking about it.

GabbyPA 2014-07-13 09:00:04 -0500 Report

Them talking about it brings awareness. Not always accurate awareness, but it gets it out there anyway.

Pynetree 2014-07-09 23:15:04 -0500 Report

We are big NASCAR followers in this house. And husband goes to several races a year…especially Pocono and Dover!

Michael_1960 2014-07-09 21:08:44 -0500 Report

Nick Jonas of the Jonas brothers is a type 2 diabetic as well.

kimfing 2014-07-09 22:02:38 -0500 Report

I thought he was t1 on an insulin pump?

GabbyPA 2014-07-10 06:21:52 -0500 Report

Yes, he is type 1. There are a lot of famous people out there who deal with diabetes. I just think it's nice to share their stories because they can inspire us and reassure us that though we have a daily chore of management, you can still do the things you love most.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-09 19:01:50 -0500 Report

There are Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics in all kinds of professional sports and who hold all kinds of jobs. They are also fire fighters, doctors, nurses, football players, in track and field this is nothing new. Ryan Reed has been doing this for quite some time.

kimfing 2014-07-09 17:41:58 -0500 Report

Yes it is nice to see. There is another driver Charlie Kimball who is d he races Indy Car.

Another local person I know just got accepted to the police department in a neighboring city to Phoenix AZ. First t1 accepted to the academy.

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