Orlando’s Women of the Year 2018

Orlando Magazine honors Dancing for Diabetes Founder, Elizabeth Forrest, as one of Orlando’s Women of the Year for 2018.  Women who are making a positive impact on the community.

From the Article:  They are educators, mentors, counselors, fund-raisers, business owners, and managers of organizations that help those in need. But most of all they are leaders, who step forward to help keep our community strong. Orlando magazine is proud to honor the 23 individuals pictured on these two pages as Women of the Year. We asked you, our readers, for nominees and you responded with a wealth of recommendations, along with details on how these women make a huge difference in the lives of countless people daily. Our congratulations—and thanks—to them all.

Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 10, Forrest wasn’t going to take the diagnosis lying down. A year later, she launched Dancing for Diabetes, whose mission is to “spread awareness through the art of dance to better educate the community, raise funds to find a cure, and inspire those with diabetes to live healthy and active lives,” she says.  “Dancing for Diabetes began as a neighborhood fundraiser in her parents’ driveway, but it has grown to feature hundreds of local dancers volunteering their talents to help raise funds for a cure. This past December, the show debuted at the Bob Carr Theater,” a nomination reads.

Forrest was nominated for the “courage she demonstrates daily as she battles her own body to stay alive, her dedication to spreading awareness about an extremely misunderstood disease, and the passion she radiates for an organization she designed to help people affected by Type 1 diabetes live their best life.” Forrest maintains a full-time job managing a law office while leading the nonprofit. The organization offers outreach events throughout the year as well as free dance classes to patients with Type 1 diabetes.  Read Full Article