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Date: September 12, 2006

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Lilly Announces LillyforLife™ Achievement Award Winners
Program Honors Outstanding Personal and Professional Achievements in Diabetes

INDIANAPOLIS - Building on its longtime leadership and commitment to improving diabetes care, Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE:LLY) today announced five winners of the 2006 LillyforLife™ Achievement Awards. The winners include a teenage singer and actress with diabetes; a recently retired rehabilitation counselor who, though blinded by the disease, assists others with disabilities; an internationally recognized pioneer of pediatric diabetology; a devoted mother of a woman with type 1 diabetes; and a journalist with diabetes who started a successful web log (blog).

The LillyforLife Achievement Awards honor the inspiring achievements of people who make lasting personal or professional contributions to the diabetes community. Nominees were judged by a panel of diabetes care advocates in five categories: Young Champion with diabetes (age 17 and under); Adult Achiever with diabetes (age 18 and over); Professional Hero (health professional, educator, advocate); Friendly Face (caregiver, spouse, partner, friend); and Journalism.

Each winner receives a $1,500 cash prize (or an equivalent donation made in their name to the charity of their choice; the prize for the professional category is automatically donated) and an etched trophy. The winners were recognized at an awards banquet on Sept. 6 in Indianapolis.

The 2006 LillyforLife Achievement Award recipients:

In addition, Lilly also presented two special awards at this year's recognition banquet:

"The LillyforLife Achievement Awards demonstrate Lilly's long-standing commitment to the improvement of diabetes care and education, and provide an opportunity to recognize the good work of people in individual communities," said Ron Hoven, Insulins Brand Director, Eli Lilly and Company. "Diabetes can be a difficult disease to manage, but with proper blood sugar control, people with diabetes can succeed and live full, active lives. The stories of these winners should serve as inspiration to us all as we strive to improve the care of people with diabetes."

About Diabetes
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diabetes affects nearly 21 million Americans; of that, nearly one-third, or approximately 6 million people, do not know they have the disease. Roughly 5 percent to 10 percent of those with diabetes have type 1, a condition where the body does not produce insulin.1 Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. Type 2 diabetes - a condition where the body does not produce enough insulin and/or the cells in the body do not respond normally to insulin - usually occurs in adults over the age of 40, but is increasingly common in younger people.1 Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death by disease in the United States and costs approximately $132 billion per year in direct and indirect medical expenses.1

About Lilly Diabetes
Through a long-standing commitment to diabetes care, Lilly provides patients with breakthrough treatments that enable them to live longer, healthier and fuller lives. Since 1923, Lilly has been the industry leader in pioneering therapies to help healthcare professionals improve the lives of people with diabetes, and research continues on innovative medicines to address the unmet needs of patients. For more information about Lilly's diabetes products, visit

About LillyforLife™
The LillyforLife program celebrates the inspiring achievements of people of all ages who live with diabetes. Applications and program rules are available at or by calling toll-free 1-888-545-5115.

About Eli Lilly and Company
Lilly, a leading innovation-driven corporation, is developing a growing portfolio of first-in-class and best-in-class pharmaceutical products by applying the latest research from its own worldwide laboratories and from collaborations with eminent scientific organizations. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., Lilly provides answers - through medicines and information - for some of the world's most urgent medical needs. Additional information about Lilly is available at

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1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Diabetes Fact Sheet. Available at:

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