Congratulations to Elizabeth Forrest, Dancing for Diabetes Founder who was nominated for two presitigious Central Florida awards. The Orlando Business Journal 40 Under 40 list recognizes Central Florida’s outstanding young professionals, winners of the 2019 40 Under 40 List will be announced at an event on November 8th. The Summit Awards, in its 34th year, recognizes and honors women who have given outstanding community service and leadership in Central Florida. Nominated by their peers, these women have contributed to the Central Florida community by performing countless hours of community work for the good of all, have a history of diverse community service, whose service goes beyond job related responsibilities, and has led to the betterment and good of our local community. The Summit gala celebration will be held on Wednesday, September 26th at the Second Harvest Food Bank.
Elizbeth Forrest was diagnosed with TYPE 1 Diabetes at 10 years of age. As a student in Holley Ricker’s dance class at Millennium Middle School in Sanford, Florida starting a nonprofit organization was not something she’d thought about doing before, but neither was being diagnosed with Diabetes. After her diagnosis, she was driven by a determination to not let diabetes negatively impact her life and inspired to found Dancing for Diabetes as a way to bring attention to the stories of 1.25 million Americans who are living with TYPE 1 Diabetes, to offer support to those who have been diagnosed and to raise funds to find a cure.
Elizabeth is a highly regarded community advocate for those impacted by Type 1 Diabetes. She acts as resource for Seminole County Public School systems in addressing needs of students with Type 1 Diabetes and has worked with Florida Hospital as panel leader for the 2018 World Diabetes Day Panel at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. In 2018 Orlando Magazine recognized her on the Women of the Year list.
Elizabeth leads the organization with passion and energy, taking no paycheck so all funds go directly to support the mission of the organization. Elizabeth is the Chief Operating Officer at Dan Newlin Injury Attorneys in Orlando, Florida. She is married to Jeffrey and they have one child, a Labrador Retriever named Basal.