Emma Zgone, guest speaker February 13th Club Meeting of the Paulding-West Cobb Lions Club
Emma Zgone, a senior at Hillgrove High School, was the guest speaker at the February 13 th Club Meeting of the Paulding-West Cobb Lions Club. Emma, who was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes in 2011, told us that she has become involved in diabetes advocacy and helping educate others how to live a healthy life with diabetes. Last summer she spent 3 weeks in the Dominican Republic with a non-profit organization called AYUDA (American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad). AYUDA provides families with insulin, other supplies and life-saving education about living with diabetes. Emma shared with us the work she did while she was there, from organizing a diabetes education camp for kids with Type I diabetes to making hospital and home visits. She plans to return this summer for 4 weeks. While there, Emma says, she “will continue with my mission of helping people with diabetes learn to have the knowledge and supplies they need to live long and healthy lives.”
Lions Club International has adopted diabetes awareness as a long-term commitment, because it is the leading cause of new-onset blindness in many countries. All people with diabetes – both Type I and Type II – are at risk. That’s why everyone with diabetes should get a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year.
For more information about Ayuda, visit their website: www.ayudainc.net/volunteers. For more information about the Paulding-West Cobb Lions Club, visit our website or