Meet ADA's National Youth Advocate
Madison Dodge, 15, of Milford, Del., is the American Diabetes Association's National Youth Advocate for 2011. Madi will travel around the country encouraging young people to get involved in advocacy to stop diabetes, and she'll meet with policy makers, including members of Congress, to push for programs that help people with diabetes. In the summer, she'll visit ADA Diabetes Camps. "I'm excited to see kids and teens with diabetes all over the country," she says.
Date of birth: July 12, 1995
Diagnosis: type 1 diabetes, at 6 years old
Education: sophomore, Milford (Del.) High School
Extracurricular activities: drama club; concert, church, and all-state choirs; and piano
Sports: roller skating, roller hockey, and soccer
Diabetes management: insulin pump (it's pink)
Volunteer work: leads an educational session, "Taming the Diabetes Monster," at ADA's Sugar-Free Weekend Retreat in Lewes, Del., and at Camp Possibilities in Darlington, Md. Organizes local ADA fund-raisers, such as Skate 4 a Cure and Dining 4 a Cure 4 Diabetes, and makes handcrafted journals and photo albums that she sells to raise money. She is an active participant on Planet D, the ADA's online community for children and teens.
Goal: "I want to have a voice and be able to help find a cure for diabetes."