Logan Nicole Gregory, 17, of Lexington, Ky., has been named the American Diabetes Association’s 2012 National Youth Advocate. Logan, a senior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, will spend the year working with other young people with diabetes, as well as meeting with political leaders and ADA volunteers to spread the Stop Diabetes® message. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a toddler, Logan says she wants to help other people who face the same challenges. “No matter where you stand with diabetes, whether you have diabetes or you know someone with it, you can make a difference,” she says.
Diagnosis: type 1 diabetes, at 2 years old
Diabetes management: insulin injections, blood glucose meter, healthful eating, swimming, and running
Extracurricular activities: backstage work with drama club, including hair, makeup, and costuming; horseback riding; modeling; creative writing
Volunteer work: ADA Ambassador for the Lexington office. Organizes fund-raisers with her family, including fashion shows and sales of plush toys. Lobbies at the Kentucky state Capitol in Frankfort. Speaks at diabetes-related events.
Goal: To promote the ADA’s advocacy efforts and Safe at School campaign. “We need everyone’s help,” Logan says, “to ensure kids like me are safe at school and are never turned away simply because we have diabetes.”