Briana Kinsey has been a spokesperson for the Alabama office of the American Diabetes Association for two years. Since the diagnoses of her mother and several of her family members with diabetes, Briana has been a strong advocate for diabetes education and prevention. As a result, Briana created the platform, Daring to Defeat Diabetes, to raise awareness and funds to prevent diabetes. She seeks to inspire others, particularly young people to get involved in the fight against diabetes. She demonstrates her creativity and ingenuity in designing signature programs such as the Dance Away Diabetes event where she invited high school and middle school dance teams to the local mall to demonstrate their moves, focus on the importance of exercise and take the diabetes pledge. Through her efforts, Briana raised $2,500 for the American Diabetes Association and more than three 300 people took the pledge.
Additionally, Briana worked with the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama to create a “Daring to Defeat Diabetes” patch to increase awareness about preventing diabetes. She visits local Girls Scouts to talk about the new patch, the importance of eating healthy and exercising, and handouts pedometers to the scouts.
Briana has visited several schools and spoken to over 500 students about her platform as a way to spread the message of diabetes awareness. She volunteered with the Southeastern Diabetes Education Services and served as a camp counselor at their Camp Sugar Falls. She planned and hosted a fundraiser called the Sugar Free Sweetheart Fashion Show, which raised $6,234 funds for more children with diabetes to attend the camp through the Southeastern Diabetes Education Services.
Briana’s service through her platform Daring to Defeat Diabetes and her umbrella initiatives have helped drive the involvement of children and young people in the fight to stop diabetes. She is a role model for both youth and adults, and has been able to connect with the community through her hands on service.
Briana’s ultimate goal is to make a positive difference and to help defeat diabetes during her lifetime.