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Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards

Living with diabetes is no easy task. It takes constant effort. That's why the Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards program recognizes and honors individuals who have successfully managed their diabetes over a long period of time. By honoring people who have long been successful, these awards not only help them to keep moving ahead, but also help to inspire others to believe that they can do it, too.

The Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards program, formerly known as LillyforLife, recognizes diabetes patients in the United States who have successfully managed their disease with the help of insulin for 25, 50, or 75 years or more.

Since 1974, Lilly has presented more than 3000 medals to people with diabetes who have continued to use insulin.

Those selected for the Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards program serve as an inspiration to all people with diabetes for learning how to manage their disease and adapting to the ever-changing technology of diabetes care throughout their diabetes journey.


Medals are presented to patients in the United States throughout the year. Qualifying individuals will receive either a beautifully engraved bronze 25-year medal, silver 50-year medal, or gold 75-year medal to celebrate these important milestones.

In addition to the medal, recipients will also receive a signed letter from the CEO of Eli Lilly and Company for their continued success on insulin therapy. In 1974, as a result of the discovery and distribution of insulin, Eli Lilly and Company began providing silver medals to the men and women who had been kept alive by insulin injections for at least 50 years. At 90 years of age, Eli Lilly signed each of the congratulatory letters that accompanied medals that year. That tradition continues today with Eli Lilly and Company's Chief Executive Officer, Dr. John Lechleiter, signing each recipient’s letter.

Applying for A Lilly Diabetes Journey Award

Today, applying for or nominating a patient for this award is easier than ever. Healthcare professionals or patients managing diabetes can complete and submit the Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards application by clicking the appropriate links below. In addition to applying online, interested patients can download the application and submit via US mail.

Once your application is received, please expect 4-6 weeks for processing.

The Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards program is a United States-based program. If you are a patient or healthcare professional outside of the United States and are interested in learning more about recognition programs in your country, please contact your local Eli Lilly and Company affiliate for more information.


Additional information and applications for the Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards are available by calling toll-free 1-888-545-5115. For information on how to contact Lilly with general questions, please click here.

Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards is a trademark of Eli Lilly and Company.

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