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.

About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)