Jay Cutler Tossing Touchdowns for Diabetes

20090822_zaf_cw1_012.jpgChicago Bears QB Jay Cutler has partnered with Eli Lilly and Company and the American Diabetes Association to help send children with diabetes to summer camps through the Touchdowns for Diabetes camp scholarship program. For every touchdown pass Cutler throws during the 2009 season, Lilly will send a child to diabetes camp by donating $1,000 to the ADA’s Camp Scholarship fund —roughly the cost of providing tuition for one child to attend a week of diabetes camp. And for every pass Jay completes in 2009, Lilly with donate $100 to the ADA Camp Scholarship fund to allow even more kids the chance to attend camp next summer.

Cutler, who learned he had type 1 diabetes after his sophomore NFL campaign, has been very active with children with diabetes, inspiring them to achieve their goals, and letting them see that diabetes doesn’t have to stop them from being who they want to be.

Cutler’s affiliation with Lilly began early in the offseason, when he visited children’s hospitals across the country and visit with families affected by diabetes.

“I’ve met a lot of kids through my hospital tour with Lilly that have inspired me as I enter my second NFL season with diabetes,” Cutler said. “Parents and kids have told us how important diabetes camps are to helping children learn how to manage diabetes—and to help them understand that thriving with this condition isn’t just possible, it’s within reach. Every kid should have the chance to experience diabetes camp, and I’m proud to work with Lilly to make this more achievable for families across the country” (Chicago Bears).

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