Alexandria, VA (January 9, 2012) – The American Diabetes Association is pleased to announce that Logan Nicole Gregory, 17, is the Association’s 2012 National Youth Advocate. Logan Nicole, of Lexington, KY, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was two years old. As the Association’s National Youth Advocate, she will focus on promoting the Association’s advocacy initiatives and encouraging children and adults to become involved in the fight to Stop Diabetes®.
Logan Nicole has been involved with the Association since she was a six-year-old Ambassador for the Association’s Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes, and she has been very involved in many advocacy efforts since then. She has spoken at the Kentucky State Capitol, testified before a state committee, met with state and national elected officials, and conducted letter writing campaigns. She was previously honored with the Public Policy Award from the Association’s Bluegrass Community Leadership Board, and the American Association of Diabetes Educators’ 2011 Advocacy Award.
“Logan Nicole Gregory serves as an excellent role model and inspiration for people living with diabetes. We are thrilled to have her join us as the Association’s 2012 National Youth Advocate,” said L. Hunter Limbaugh, Chair of the Board, American Diabetes Association. “Her spirit and dedication will be vital in our national advocacy efforts and a key part in the fight to Stop Diabetes.”
Logan Nicole, a senior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington, Kentucky, is involved with many fundraising activities including hosting a fashion show, Runway for Change. She also speaks at schools, special events, luncheons and sororities to raise awareness and educate people about the disease.
“I have been so fortunate to meet so many wonderful and influential people within the diabetes community,” said Logan Nicole Gregory. “And while having diabetes was not a choice, what I choose to do with it is. As the 2012 National Youth Advocate for the American Diabetes Association, I can and I will make a difference.”
To learn more about Logan Nicole 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 (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org.