What started as a community fundraiser organized by a middle school student and small group of trusted advisers, has blossomed into a impactful and well respected nonprofit organization – spreading awareness about Type 1 Diabetes through the art of dance. And the Dancing for Diabetes show, celebrating 19 years (in 2019) of impacting Type 1 Diabetes has blossomed into a full scale theatrical production involving hundreds of talented local dancers and loyal community supporters- and is well considered one of Orlando’s premiere charity entertainment events of the year.
Founder of Dancing for Diabetes, Elizabeth 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 create the nonprofit organization we know of today as Dancing for Diabetes – as a way to bring attention to the stories of over 1.5 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.
- Founder of Dancing for Diabetes, Elizabeth Forrest
- Board of Directors
- Junior Board of Directors
- Generous and Loyal Sponsors
- Community Partners
- Staff and Volunteers