Dancing for Diabetes event November 14, 2020

Touched by Type 1’s mission is to elevate awareness of Type 1 Diabetes, raise funds to find a cure and inspire those with diabetes to thrive

From Touched by Type 1

Touched by Type 1 is gearing up for Dancing for Diabetes event being held virtually on World Diabetes Day, Saturday, November 14, 2020. The Altamonte Springs-based nonprofit invites all interested to tune in with thousands of people from around the world to help raise money, build awareness, support research, and to help find a cure for this disease.

President and Founder Elizabeth Forrest looks at this year as a special and unique opportunity during these uncertain times. “Due to COVID-19, we had to look for a way to host Dancing for Diabetes while maintaining the enthusiasm and spirit that has been aligned with this event throughout the years”, said Forrest.

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 Touched by Type 1 – 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.

The event, Dancing for Diabetes, was also started by Forrest as a community fundraiser while she was still a middle school student with a small group of trusted advisers. The annual event, in its 20th year, eventually turned into an impactful and well respected 501(c)3 organization. “We view this as an incredible way to further reach into so many more communities that support Type 1 Diabetes. It’s a win-win for all of us”, Forrest said. To date, this flagship event has raised more than half a million dollars for Type 1 Diabetes research.

Touched by Type 1’s mission is to elevate awareness of Type 1 Diabetes, raise funds to find a cure and inspire those with diabetes to thrive. Touched by Type 1 operates year-round – providing free dance classes to youth with Type 1 Diabetes which fosters creativity, self-expression, physical activity and the unique opportunity to meet other kids and teens going through the same life altering struggles. The Dancing for Diabetes event creates opportunities for families to build strong support networks.

There is also an annual conference that gathers diabetes leaders and experts from across the country to Orlando to educate and empower families in need. The organization provides free training to nurses and teachers in schools, and consistently provides direct services throughout the year that directly impact children and adults throughout the Orlando community and beyond.

1.25M Americans are living with Type 1 Diabetes with 5M expected by 2050. Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease that occurs when a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, the hormone that regulates blood-sugar levels. While insulin keeps people with Type 1 Diabetes alive, it is not a cure – nor does it prevent the possibility of serious complications. There is nothing anyone can do to prevent Type 1 Diabetes.