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Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards

At Lilly Diabetes, we recognize that every person with type 1 diabetes is on a unique and challenging lifelong journey. But they’re not alone—Lilly Diabetes works hard to not only help patients overcome the daily challenges of managing diabetes, but also celebrate their milestones along the way.

That’s why the Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards program recognizes and honors individuals who have successfully managed their type 1 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 10, 25, 50, or 75 years or more. As of 2014, the 10-year award, which honors patients who have successfully managed type 1 diabetes for 10 years, is being introduced to the program. We know that a type 1 diabetes diagnosis is a life-changing event, whether it happens at age 5 or 25. And successfully managing it for the first 10 years can help establish success for a lifetime—which we look forward to celebrating again at 25-, 50-, and 75-year milestones along the way.

Since 1975, Lilly has presented thousands of medals to people with diabetes who have continued to use insulin, and with the addition of the 10-year award, we look forward to presenting even more.

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. Each recipient receives an elegant award, beautifully engraved with their name.

The 75-year award winners are also invited to have their names engraved on a special monument on the Lilly Campus. This serves as a testament to The 75-Year Journey Award Monument a life with type 1 diabetes well-lived for recipients and how the heritage of Eli Lilly and Company continues to connect with people living with type 1 diabetes today.

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 1975, 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, caregivers, and patients managing diabetes in the United States can complete and submit the Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards application by clicking the appropriate links below.

Once your application is received, please expect 4 to 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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