In 2021, Lilly celebrated the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin by launching a very special global award called the Leonard Award. The Leonard Award was inspired by the life of Leonard Thompson, a 14-year-old boy who was the first person with diabetes to be treated with insulin in 1922. Today, Lilly’s Leonard Award recognizes diverse champions around the world who are dedicated to advancing diabetes management through innovative thinking and novel approaches to care.
Lilly selected four new champions to receive the Leonard Award this year, and we are proud to announce that our very own Dr. Edelman was chosen as one of the recipients! In honor of all of the 2022 award winners, Lilly will be donating a total of $100,000 to Life for a Child, a non-profit organization that provides access to care, education, lifesaving medicines and supplies to children and young people with type 1 diabetes in resource-limited countries.
The Four Recipients of the 2022 Leonard Award Are:
Endocrinologist/Primary Care Physician: Steve Edelman, MD, of San Diego, California, for work as an endocrinologist serving the diabetes community and as the founder of Taking Control of Your Diabetes, a non-profit organization providing diabetes education and resources.
Advocate/Advocacy Professional: Nupur Lalvani, CDE, of Pune, Maharashtra, India, for work as the founder of the Blue Circle Diabetes Foundation, India’s largest patient-led diabetes community and support group.
Diabetes Educator/Nurse: Yuan Li, of Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, China, for work in establishing an educational diabetes management approach in medical facilities in China.
Researcher: Osagie Ebekozien, MD, MPH, CPHQ, of Boston, Massachusetts, for work leading the T1D Exchange Quality Improvement Collaborative to reduce diabetes disparities in health outcomes.
Congratulations to all of the award winners! Your contributions to diabetes management and care for the millions of people around the world living with the condition are far-reaching, life-changing, and nothing short of remarkable.