Nov. 14, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- Golden Globe and Emmy nominated actress
, who is living with type 1 diabetes, is partnering with Sanofi US on the
awareness campaign to produce
a new documentary that will feature people living with diabetes and those who support them. Beginning today through
December 16, 2012
people can submit their stories to the nationwide casting call at
To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click:
"I am partnering with Sanofi US to share my story through
and I look forward to hearing from others about their unique experiences living with diabetes and learning about the encouragement they receive from their own co-stars," said Perkins, star of the upcoming ABC sitcom "How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)."
Perkins, who is one of nearly 26 million Americans living with diabetes, currently uses Lantus
(insulin glargine [rDNA origin] injection) as part of her overall diabetes treatment plan, which also includes exercise and a healthy diet. Another important aspect of Perkins' overall diabetes management is the support and encouragement from her husband, director and cinematographer
"I always recommend to my patients that they reach out for support to help them manage their diabetes, as Elizabeth has done with her husband Julio," said Perkins' physician, Dr.
, M.D., of The Medical Group of
"Elizabeth's story is the perfect example of how valuable a strong support system is in a person's overall diabetes treatment plan."
People living with diabetes are invited to nominate their co-star—the person in their life who has made the biggest impact on their personal diabetes journey. People can also nominate themselves if they support a family member or friend with diabetes. Submissions will be judged on their ability to inspire others through their story of support in diabetes management. To enter the casting call with a video or written entry, hear more about Perkins' story, and to view the official rules visit
. Two co-star teams of winners will be announced on
January 31, 2013
along with more information about the documentary's premiere. Follow the Sanofi US Diabetes
feed for additional updates.
has helped millions of Americans understand the power of a strong support team for people living with diabetes since its launch in 2010. As part of this year's program, Sanofi US will sponsor the Diabetes Hands Foundation in support of their efforts to encourage an open dialogue around the realities of living with diabetes. The Diabetes Hands Foundation works to connect, engage, and empower people touched by diabetes.
Indications and Usage for Lantus (insulin glargine [rDNA origin] injection)
Prescription Lantus is a long-acting insulin used to treat adults with type 2 diabetes and adults and children (6 years and older) with type 1 diabetes for the control of high blood sugar. It should be taken once a day at the same time each day to lower blood glucose.