Alabama Public Television Young Heroes of 2006

Dana Lewis

Huntsville, Alabama

Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes during her first year of high school, Lewis did not allow fear and embarrassment to overtake her life. Instead, she dove headfirst into making a difference for teenagers like herself, forming the first teen support group in Alabama, then serving as Alabama Young Ambassador and National Youth Advocate for the American Diabetes Association. She has addressed members of Congress about the need for diabetes research, has spoken at fundraising and corporate events, school groups and other local organizations and even traveled 17,000 miles last summer to speak to more than 2,000 children at diabetes camps in 10 states.In 2006, Dana was selected by the International Diabetes Federation as 1 of 25 young adults worldwide to participate in a Youth Leadership Workshop in Cape Town, South Africa.

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The Young Heroes Program is made possible through the support of:

Rosa Parks Museum
Blue Cross Blue Shiled of Alabama
Signs Now
Landers McLarty Chevolet
Medical Property Trust
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