After being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in February 2011, during the height of his racing career, Ryan’s approach in his life, career, and goals in racing changed. After being told he would never race again and with a strong effort to continue on, Ryan found Anne Peters, MD, of USC Clinical Diabetes Program in California, who confirmed that with hard work, Ryan could still reach his dreams of becoming a top NASCAR driver.
Ryan has found himself in a unique situation and is driven to become a role model in the diabetes community. Ryan Reed formed his non-profit organization, Ryan’s Mission, to help build awareness, become a role model, and positively touch the lives of so many that have already been affected by the disease.
Ryan and his Mission have joined forces with the American Diabetes Association. This unique collaboration with the American Diabetes Association’s Drive to Stop Diabetes℠ will use Ryan’s story as the voice. The Drive to Stop Diabetes℠ campaign will include awareness and educational efforts at select NASCAR Nationwide races this year, as well as at several off track health and wellness initiatives throughout 2013. The Drive to Stop Diabetes℠ mobile movement will focus attention to educating the community about diabetes.