Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards℠

Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards

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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—and while we work hard to equip people with the resources they need to help overcome challenges, we’re also here to celebrate the successes.

The Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards program has recognized thousands of individuals who have successfully managed their diabetes for 10, 25, 50, even 75 years. The awards are meant to honor those who have long been successful, but also to inspire others to believe they can do it, too.

Healthcare professionals can also support and honor patients in their community with a live presentation Journey Awards ceremony.

Those who receive Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards are a testament to all people with diabetes that learning how to manage their health and adapting to the ever-changing technology of diabetes care can lead to a long and successful diabetes journey.


Medals are presented to people with diabetes in the United States throughout the year. Applicants must have type 1 diabetes and must have been taking any brand of insulin continuously for 10, 25, 50, or 75 years to qualify. Each recipient receives an elegant award, beautifully engraved with their name, along with a signed letter from our CEO, Dr. John Lechleiter, encouraging their continued success.

We also invite 75-year award recipients to have their names engraved on a special monument on our Indianapolis campus. This monument is a tribute to lives well-lived with type 1 diabetes and reminds us of the long history we share with those who are able to live long, healthy lives by managing their diabetes successfully with insulin therapy.

Barbara Wagler

Barbara Wagler was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1936 when she was 12 years old. In 2012, Barbara celebrated 75 years of successful self-care.

Applying for a Lilly Diabetes Journey Award

Healthcare professionals, caregivers, and people with type 1 diabetes in the United States can complete and submit the Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards application by clicking the links below. If you are outside the United States and are interested in learning more about recognition programs in your country, please contact your local Lilly affiliate for more information.

Patient Online Application

HealthCare Professional Online Application

Once your application is received, your medal will be sent in 4 to 6 weeks.

For additional information about the Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards Program, please contact the Journey Awards Administrator at 1-888-545-5115. For information on how to contact Lilly with general questions, please click here.

Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards℠ is a service mark of Eli Lilly and Company.