SOURCE: American Diabetes Association

American Diabetes Association

October 12, 2010 09:00 ET

Nikki Lang and the American Diabetes Association® Team Up to Download for Diabetes

Singer/Songwriter Donates Downloads of New Single, "Feel Better," to Stop Diabetes®

ALEXANDRIA, VA--(Marketwire - October 12, 2010) -  Nikki Lang, a rising recording star and long-time supporter of the American Diabetes Association, has joined the movement to Stop Diabetes® by kicking off a new and unique fundraising effort. Beginning October 1, through the end of the year, Lang will donate 100% of the proceeds of iTunes downloads for the title song, "Feel Better," off her recently released CD, to the American Diabetes Association.

"Nikki Lang and her family have been longtime supporters of the Association, we are thrilled that she is adding her voice to the movement to Stop Diabetes," said Larry Hausner, CEO, American Diabetes Association. "Nikki's story is very familiar; she, like so many people with diabetes, has made it her mission to find a cure for this disease, infusing the fight with passion, commitment and creativity."

Nikki was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 10. Her younger sister was diagnosed at just 18 months. Undeterred by her illness, Nikki realized that if she was to do everything in life that she wanted, she would need to stay on top of her diabetes. With the same dedication she has applied to her music, Nikki has maintained tight control on her blood sugars, consistently keeping her A1C below 7.

"I never let diabetes get in the way of my dream," said Nikki. "Performing is in my soul. Diabetes is just a fact of who I am. I know there are millions of others out there like me, who are coming face to face with diabetes either as kids or as adults. My message to them is that together, we can put a stop to this disease."

Links to her iTunes page can be found on the Association homepage (, as well as on 

Nearly 24 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Diabetes contributes to the deaths of more than 230,000 Americans each year. The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is more than $174 billion; further published studies suggest that when additional costs for gestational diabetes, pre-diabetes and undiagnosed diabetes are included, the total diabetes-related costs in the United States could exceed $218 billion. 

For more information about how you can join the American Diabetes Association's movement to Stop Diabetes during American Diabetes Month, visit or call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383).

About Nikki Lang

Although she just celebrated her eighteenth birthday, Nikki Lang has racked up the achievements and credits one would expect from a seasoned veteran. An accomplished singer-songwriter, Nikki writes all of her own material and leads her own band. In addition to the release of "Feel Better," Nikki recently completed filming her first professional video (for the song "Feel Better"), directed by Emmy winner Todd Robinson; as well as her first national tour supporting Atlantic recording artist Robert Francis. For further information regarding Nikki Lang, please visit

About the American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to stop diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure, and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, its mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information, please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.

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