Bayer HealthCare and Nick Jonas have announced that Christine Burns, aged 19 from Sandy, Utah, is the grand prize winner of “Simple Inspirations,” a contest sponsored by Bayer that invited people living with diabetes to motivate newly diagnosed patients by sharing their most inspirational thoughts about living with diabetes.

Christine will meet international singing sensation Nick Jonas at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Los Angeles Walk to Cure Diabetes, and will also appear in a World Diabetes Day video with Nick to be launched on November 14, 2011 on www.NicksSimpleWins.com.

The “Simple Inspirations” contest was designed to enrich the lives of everyone who has diabetes — regardless of when they were diagnosed — and to demonstrate that people with diabetes can live a full and engaged life by effectively managing their condition. A panel of independent judges appointed by the Contest Administrator and Nick Jonas selected the runner ups and grand prize winner. The 12 runner ups will receive a calendar journal compiling the winning entry and the runner-up entries.

“Bayer and I created this contest to inspire others and I truly felt inspired — the creativity, passion and motivation of Christine’s entry and the runners up were phenomenal and picking the winner was a real challenge,” said Nick. “I was reminded of how overwhelmed I was when first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and the importance of staying positive and being encouraged by friends, family and the diabetes community.”

Christine’s Winning Entry: “At first glance, D.I.A.B.E.T.E.S. is Difficult, Intense, Anxious, Bothersome, Everyday, Timely, Eerie, and Sugarfree. But as a whole, D.I.A.B.E.T.E.S. is Discovering Internal Abilities to Boldly Encounter The Earth with a Smile. Sometimes life can be hard (for everyone), but you can do anything you set your mind to even with diabetes. Nothing can stop you if you approach it with the right attitude!”

Nick Jonas, now 19, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 13. Since he publicly announced his diagnosis, he has become widely recognized and applauded for speaking out passionately to help other young people with diabetes through efforts to educate, support and inspire. Nick blogs about his personal experiences with diabetes on www.NicksSimpleWins.com where he writes about his latest activities.

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