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 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.
What started as a community fundraiser organized by a middle school student and small group of trusted advisers, has blossomed into a full scale theatrical production involving hundreds of local dancers and community supporters. Celebrating 18 years of impacting Type 1 Diabetes through dance. Dancing for Diabetes has grown from a middle school auditorium to filling Orlando’s Bob Carr Theater – and is well considered one of Orlando’s premiere charity entertainment events of the year.
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. She is regularly included on nomination lists for community activist awards among them Orlando Business Journal Women Who Mean Business and I4 Business: Inspired Leadership Award. In 2018 Orlando Magazine recognized her on the Women of the Year list. Elizabeth is available for speaking engagements in support of spreading awareness about the impact the Type 1 Diabetes has on approximately 1.25 million American children and adults.
The annual Dancing for Diabetes Show, now in it’s 19th year will be held this year at the Bob Carr Theater on November 9, 2019.