Diabetes Forecast

Meet ADA's National Youth Advocate for 2010

Amy Johnson, 18, of Kansas City, Mo., was recently named the American Diabetes Association's National Youth Advocate for 2010. She will be a roving ambassador who travels around the nation lobbying on behalf of young people with diabetes, visiting ADA Diabetes Camps, and representing the Association. Here's a quick look at Amy:

Education: Senior, Park Hill High School, Kansas City, Mo.

Diagnosis: Type 1 diabetes, in 2004, at 12 years old.

Fun Fact: She is a fourth-degree master in tae kwon do.

Volunteer Work: President of the Teen Advisory Board at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City; appears on a local radio station in support of the annual Children's Miracle Network, which benefits local hospitals.

Plans: To go to medical school and become a pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon. "The challenge and continual learning process involved with surgery, especially involving the heart and lungs, is quite exciting to me!"

As National Youth Advocate: "My overall [goal] is to band both type 1 and type 2 youths together against diabetes."



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