E-maniacs! Have you heard about the Inspired by Diabetes contest? You could win passes to an Elliott Yamin concert! How great is that? Actually, there is something better – entering this contest can have a direct impact on the lives of children with diabetes. I got a fantastic press release and wanted to share it with you guys!!!
Elliott Yamin and Inspired by Diabetes
“American Idol” finalist and Hickory Records artist Elliott Yamin, who has type 1 diabetes, is a Global Ambassador for the Inspired by Diabetes Creative Expression Competition.
Elliott was a finalist on “American Idol” Season 5 and has been on a meteoric rise since, launching his self-titled debut album in spring 2007. His first single, “Wait for You,” reached the Top 5 of the Billboard Pop 200 chart, has been a top five single for 10 weeks and spent 8 weeks at No. 1 on the VH1 “V-Spot” video countdown. The single is also close to achieving “gold” status with nearly 700,000 units sold.
Elliott will promote the Inspired by Diabetes initiative and contest throughout appearances for his U.S. tour, which begins Oct. 5 in Chicago. He will also serve as a judge for contest entries from the U.S., and will donate a package of concert passes to the U.S. grand prize winners.
In addition, Elliott will serve as the face of the program in public service announcements that will debut in Times Square on Nov. 1. The spots will also run during an NBC special program on diabetes, hosted by Al Roker, that will air Nov. 10 in major markets across the U.S.
What is Inspired by Diabetes?
Inspired by Diabetes builds on the theme of World Diabetes Day 2007-08, dedicated to children and adolescents living with or at risk of diabetes worldwide. The spirit of the competition is to bring families and people with diabetes together to raise awareness of the global burden of diabetes — and draw particular attention to people who do not have the resources they need to fight the disease.
The campaign’s centerpiece is the Inspired by Diabetes Creative Expressions Competition, a global and national contest asking people with diabetes, as well as their family and friends, to express how diabetes has had an impact on their lives — and share those stories with others around the world through art, essay, poetry, photography and music.
By entering, participants can have a direct impact on the lives of children with diabetes.
When people enter the contest, they will receive two “blue circle” diabetes pins, illustrating the global symbol for diabetes. For each set of pins distributed, a dollar is donated to the International Diabetes Federation’s Life for a Child program. In addition, in the spirit of the Inspired by Diabetes campaign, global champion Eli Lilly and Company will also make a separate donation to support the Life for a Child program on behalf of the contest winners.
Entries from the U.S. will also trigger a donation from Lilly to support scholarships for children from low-income families to attend American Diabetes Association summer camps. ADA is the largest provider of camp programs in the U.S. for children with diabetes and their families.
Inspired by Diabetes is a global collaboration between Lilly, IDF’s Unite for Diabetes initiative and the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD). In the United States, ADA is serving as the Inspired by Diabetes U.S. national advocate.
Inspired by Diabetes Contest information
Children, people with diabetes and their family members and friends are encouraged to enter the contest. Health care professionals are also invited to enter.
Grand prize winners will be selected for both the U.S. and global contests for each participant group, with the winners (excluding health care professionals) receiving a trip to attend a media briefing and formal exhibition of the winning entries.
Participants from the United States will also have their submissions entered into a separate U.S. contest with a chance to win both the global and national competitions. U.S. grand prize winners will also receive tickets and backstage passes to attend an Elliott Yamin concert in 2008.
The entry deadline for both the global and U.S. contests is January 31, 2008.
Participant categories in the Inspired by Diabetes contest are:
” Children (age sub-groups 5-6, 7-8, 9-12, 13-17 years old; includes children with diabetes or family members or friends under 18)
” Adult with diabetes (ages 18 and older)
” Family member or friend of a person with diabetes
” Health care professional
Entries may be submitted in the following “format” categories:
” Short essay or poem – 500 words or less
” Photograph(s) – Up to three prints
” Original drawing or painting – no larger than 43cm x 66cm (17″ x 26″)
” Music – Original composition, up to three minutes in length (instrumental and lyric)
To learn more about Inspired by Diabetes and how to enter the Creative Expression Competition, please visit: