Board Highlight

JanuariJanuari Lewis is a pharmacy director for Walgreens and President-Elect for the American Diabetes Association Leadership Board of North Texas. We had a chance to interview her recently.

How did you get involved with the ADA?

About 6 or 7 years ago I was approached to do a scannable campaign to purchase for $1 (at the cash register of Walgreen stores.)  This is back before Walgreen’s was doing it nationwide. In two weeks we raised $20,000.  The next year we decided to take it market wide and run it for an entire month. Now it’s a companywide initiative.

About 30 percent of the patients I care for are affected by diabetes. And it actually becomes more personal – my Pomeranian developed diabetes succumbed to it last June.

Where are you from?

Originally from Dallas. Born and raised.

What would you like to see more of this year as far as ADA goals?

More money raised. I would like to see more grassroots outreach effort. Everyone knows someone affected by diabetes and can bring people to the fold to spread awareness.

What is your favorite part about being a volunteer with the Ada?

There are so many good parts. I like to see many people of all different walks coming together to make a difference with a common connection.

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