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Novo Nordisk Ambassadors

A little inspiration can go a long way in getting and staying on the right track with your diabetes management. That’s why we partner with individuals who are inspiring examples of how people can manage their diabetes while still pursuing their dreams.

Our Novo Nordisk ambassadors share their personal connection to diabetes in the hope of encouraging, motivating, and providing support for others. They are deeply involved in the diabetes community and actively participate in speaking engagements and community initiatives on behalf of Novo Nordisk. Our ambassadors help us learn more about the needs of the diabetes community and better understand the challenges and success they encounter.

Meet Our Featured Novo Nordisk Ambassador:

Kendall Simmons
Former Professional Football Player, Type 1 Diabetes

Dominique Wilkins

Also known as the “Human Highlight Film,” NBA Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes shortly after he retired from the league at age 40. Dominique's father and grandfather both died from the disease, so he is committed to doing everything he could to manage his diabetes.


Kendall Simmons

Former Pittsburgh Steeler and Super Bowl® winner, Kendall Simmons was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes shortly before his second NFL® season began. Unsure if he would be able to continue his football career, by working closely with his doctors and support team, Kendall returned to the field that same year.


Charlie Kimball

As the first and only licensed driver with diabetes to win an INDYCAR® race, Charlie Kimball loves nothing more than to give back to the diabetes community. Following his diagnosis with type 1 diabetes, Charlie worked with his doctor to manage his condition and 6 months later he was back behind the wheel claiming a podium finish.


Lou Brock

Ranked among the 100 greatest baseball players of all time and an MLB® Hall of Famer, Lou Brock was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes shortly after celebrating his 60th birthday. Understanding the seriousness of the disease, Lou worked with his family doctor to manage his condition and has since prospered as a businessman.


Jay Hewitt


Jay Hewitt is the only Ironman® Triathlete with type 1 diabetes to qualify for the US National Triathlon Team. Diagnosed while studying law at the University of South Carolina, Jay was determined not to let diabetes hold him back. He went on to graduate and compete in many of the world’s longest and most grueling endurance events.


Phil Southerland


Phil Southerland has dedicated his life to showing what may be possible with diabetes. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 7 months old and began cycling competitively at age 12. He joined forces with Novo Nordisk to create Team Novo Nordisk - the global all-diabetes sports team spearheaded by the world's first all-diabetes professional men's cycling team.


Curtis Aikens


Dubbed as “the greengrocer who can cook,” television Chef Curtis Aikens discovered his passion for cooking at a young age growing up on a farm in Georgia, where fresh produce was always part of a family meal. Curtis lives by the motto “practice makes permanent” when it comes to managing diabetes.


Becky Furuta


Team Novo Nordisk Elite Women’s Cyclist, Becky Furuta was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 28 during her second pregnancy, but she has not let diabetes slow her down. In addition to excelling on the race course and sharing her story with others, Becky also runs a small eye-care business.


Benny Madrigal


Team Novo Nordisk amateur runner and triathlete, Benny Madrigal was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 22. Running on a full track and field scholarship at the time, Benny worked with his doctor to come up with a treatment plan that fit his lifestyle and allowed him to pursue his athletic dreams.


Lourdes Castro


Professor, dietitian, chef, catering entrepreneur, columnist, and cookbook author. Lourdes Castro is passionate about teaching and cooking. Since 2013 she has partnered with Novo Nordisk and served as a healthy living ambassador, creating flavorful diabetes-friendly recipes. She hopes to help people learn to cook well, eat healthy, and feel better.


Tiffany Derry


Bravo’s “Top Chef All-Star,” Chef Tiffany Derry blends nutrition with flavor and stands by one rule in the kitchen, “make it taste good or forget it!” With a personal family connection to diabetes, Tiffany has also made it her mission to educate people about healthy lifestyles and portion control.


Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons


Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons, founding member of the influential hip-hop group RUN DMC, is passionate about encouraging Americans to learn about their diabetes risk factors and get screened for the disease. His father had diabetes, and being at-risk himself, he reminds people the benefits of early screening and that “health is your first wealth.”


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