Charlie Kimball is the first licensed driver with diabetes to win a race in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Kimball, who began racing go-karts at age 9, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2007 and was forced to abandon his racing program mid-season. After his surprising diagnosis, Kimball returned to the cockpit in 2008. Today, Kimball continues to compete in one of the most competitive racing categories in the world, proving that living with diabetes does not have to restrict him from traveling at speeds of more than 200 miles an hour and fulfilling his dream.
Kimball drives the No. 83 car for Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing in the Verizon IndyCar Series and is the first licensed driver with diabetes in the history of IndyCar, finishing 3rd in INDY 500.
Hear Charlie speak of his experience as a winning driver and his life with diabetes, take a photo with him, and receive his autograph at the Metro East Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes on Saturday, Sept. 19, on Parking Lot A on the Campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Plan to arrive at The Metro East Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes at 8:30 a.m. to register to walk and get a good spot to hear Charlie speak. The walk begins at 10 a.m. and the event ends at noon. Online registration to walk or make a donation is available at www.diabetes.org/stepoutmetroeast. For information call Rawnie at (888) 342-2383 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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