American Diabetes Association Announces Madison Dodge of Milford, Delaware as 2011 National Youth Advocate

Alexandria,
January 13, 2011

The American Diabetes Association announces that Madison “Madi” Dodge, 15, of Milford, Delaware, will be the Association’s 2011 National Youth Advocate.  Madi was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was five years old.  As the Association’s National Youth Advocate, Madi will spend the year promoting the Association’s advocacy initiatives and reaching out to children and adults, encouraging them to become involved in the fight to stop diabetes.

Madi has been an active volunteer with the Association for the last 10 years, following her diagnosis.   Every year since then, she’s participated in the Association’s Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes.   She organizes numerous local Association fundraisers throughout the year ‐ Skate 4 a Cure, Dance 4 Diabetes, raffles and selling handmade journals.  She is also a forum moderator on Planet D, a support message board for children and teens on the Association’s website.

"Madi’s passion for the Association’s cause is admirable," said John Griffin, Chair of the Board of the Association. “Her vision to Stop Diabetes will carry through in her work to advocate for all people affected by diabetes on a national level.”

Prior to being named National Youth Advocate, Madi has participated in the Association’s Call to Congress event in Washington, DC and has worked on other advocacy efforts, such as writing to Members of Congress to discuss upcoming legislation and other important issues to people with diabetes.

"As a person living with diabetes, it is important to continue to educate people about the disease,” said Madi. "It’s so powerful and inspiring to be part of an amazing group of people coming together with a common mission.”

Madi is a sophomore at Milford High School.  To learn more about Madi and the Association's advocacy efforts, please visit www.diabetes.org/nya.

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, our 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 (800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.