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The toughest issues average 11-year-olds face on a daily basis involve choosing an outfit or completing homework. Madeline Tallman is not your average 11-year-old. Koons Lexus of Wilmington, a longtime supporter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), recently sponsored her as a Youth Ambassador.
Madeline, a bubbly sixth-grader, was diagnosed with Type I (Juvenile) diabetes when she was just eight years old. Not one to succumb to her new reality as a diabetic, she almost immediately became involved with JDRF. She was the 2010 Gala ambassador, created a family walk team named “Maddie’s Mob,” and established “Tween Girls”—a group which brings other Type I diabetics together for social events.
And Madeline has continued her work to end Type 1 diabetes. She submitted the winning essay out of 25 applicants in Delaware to represent the state as their JDRF Youth Ambassador.
Leigh Encarnacian, Customer Relations Manager at Koons Lexus, believes that Madeline is a truly worthy recipient of that honor. “She is a wonderful girl. She’s a typical 11-year-old with hope in her eyes living her new normal,” Encarnacian said. “It tugs at your heart, because she lives with a pump.”
As the Ambassador, Madeline will attend the Children’s Congress in Washington, DC in June. Koons Lexus of Wilmington’s contribution to the JDRF will not only help defray Madeline’s cost for the trip, but will also make a concrete impact on the fight to find a cure for this disease.
“A cure would mean everything to me and so many other people,” Madeline said. “This is so important because that would make my life more care free like other kids my age. I could wake up and not worry about feeling awful in the midst of the day. I could be at lunch and not be worrying about not finishing everything…and neither would any other diabetic.”
The Lexus Corporation matched the Koons Lexus of Wilmington donation through their Pursuit of Potential program.
Koons wishes you all the best Madeline and we look forward to hearing about your trip to the Children’s Congress.
Seems like everyone is blogging. So we’re going to give it a shot too! Our first blog will attempt to answer a question people seem to always be asking, “So, who exactly is Krystal Koons?”
Krystal, the spokesperson for Jim Koons Automotive Companies, went to Loyola University in Baltimore, MD and graduated in 2000 with a B.A. in Public Relations. She started working with the Koons organization much earlier than that however.
At 16, Krystal, Jim Koons’ daughter, worked in the Accounting department as an office assistant at the Koons Falls Church Ford location. She also filled in for the switchboard operator when needed. “What a hectic job,” Krystal said.
When Krystal was 19, she began her first sales position selling cars during summers while home from college. She started selling full time in February 2001 at Koons Chevrolet Chrysler in Tysons Corner, VA. Upon completion of her GMAC Finance Training program in 2003, Krystal became a Finance & Insurance Manager. Eight months later, she was promoted to Chevrolet Sales Manager.
“I led a fantastic team of sales people. It was the best job for me within the dealership,” Krystal explained. “My favorite part of the car business is working with people, interacting with them, and giving them options that work with their wants, needs, and most importantly budget. Customer satisfaction is without a doubt one of the most important facets of the car business. I love to put smiles on their faces.”
After two years as the Sales Manager, Krystal became the face of Koons. “It is an honor to represent the family business,” Krystal stated.
Krystal also loves time with family and friends. “I feel extremely blessed and fortunate to have such a close-knit family,” Krystal said.
About Jim Koons Automotive Companies:
Founded in 1964, Koons is one of the area’s largest retail automotive dealers. Koons has sold and serviced two million vehicles and employs more than 1500 people in 19 locations throughout the Washington DC, Baltimore, and Philadelphia region. For more information about Koons, visit koons.com.
If you’d like more information about this topic or to schedule an interview with Krystal Koons, please contact Amy Ruby at 703-448-7075 or firstname.lastname@example.org