I know, the 500 was on Sunday, and what a great race it was! I was working on this post prior to and during the 500 and so I’ll post it now.
Not sure if you guys saw this, but I accidentally came across this story when one of my friends posted that her name will be featured on Charlie Kimball’s Tresiba car for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. The story talks about how Charlie would be running the 42 of Kyle Larson, a driver for Chip Ganassi in NASCAR. The 42 signifies the 42 hours that Tresiba can last in your system after first use and so they will honor 42 leaders in the diabetes community by having them ride with him on that day.
As I looked into the story further, I found more names of People with Diabetes that I have met in my relatively short tenure of having diabetes. Needless to say, I was excited and really confirms why I am such a fan of both Charlie Kimball and Novo Nordisk.
The 42 names that adorned the side fin’s of Charlie’s Indycar include not only people with Diabetes, but organizations and people without diabetes who work tirelessly for our community.
I then began to think of my own heroes in Diabetes. The cool part is, some of the people on our lists are the same! For the sake of Charlie’s Temporary Number Change for the 100th running of the Indy 500, here is my list of 42 heroes in my life with Diabetes:
- The Diabetes Unconference
- Palm Medical Group
- Palm Research Center
- The Diabetes Collective
- Diabetes Hands Foundation
- Team Happy
- Novo Nordisk
- Team Cut The BS…I mean Blood Sugar.
Wow, I feel fortunate to have been able to come up with these names as quickly as I could. Honestly, I could have probably kept naming people until I reached Charlie’s actual racing number (#83.). Everyday, I am thankful for these heroes. Whether these leaders have diabetes or not, these people/organizations encourage and inspire me to become my best self…a self with diabetes.
Who would be the names on your side fins? Please share your heroes with us!