Rick Largent could teach all of us a lot about life. Having faced unthinkable adversity, he has exemplified determination, fortitude, and resolve. Diagnosed with type 1 or insulin-dependent diabetes when he was 22, he has had to manage health-related challenges his whole life. As a young father, an unfortunate accident left Rick paralyzed from the neck down and without the use of his fingers and legs. After suffering from bouts of depression and various medical setbacks, Rick took control of his life, starting with his health. Encouraged by his own success, he was driven to help others. Rick made it his mission to demonstrate to others that through health management and perseverance anything is possible.
He has since become a vocal advocate for diabetes awareness. He traveled cross-country educating patients and policymakers about the dual dilemma of diabetes and disabilities hoping to inspire others impacted by the conditions to take control of their health. In 1999, Largent was invited to speak at the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) annual conference in Orlando, Florida. He also shared his story with the American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Nurses (AASCIN) at their annual meeting in San Diego, and then the next year in Las Vegas. His personal account of his inspiring life story will soon be published in the association's journal SCINursing. Rick also counsels other spinal cord patients through rehabilitation. During his free time, Rick enjoys listening to and playing music, and surfing the Internet. He also enjoys sailing and has competed in the North American Trapseat Championships.
Eli Lilly and Company, along with Lilly diabetes spokesperson and Olympic skier Kris Freeman, will present the first-ever LillyforLifeTM Achievement Award to Rick Largent of Moscow, Idaho. The LillyforLife Achievement Award program recognizes the inspiring achievements of people of all ages with diabetes.
Rick Largent with Kris Freeman, an Olympic skier who has type 1 diabetes
Published October 28, 2003
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