By now, you know that Carson was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in June of 2010. He has handled his diagnosis and treatment of this chronic disease remarkably well. He looks like any other 9 year old boy. He collects Hot Wheels, loves to ride his unicycle and runs cross country for his school. But, his days are also filled with nearly a dozen "finger pokes' deep enough to draw blood each and every day in order to monitor his blood glucose levels. He must give himself 5-7 shots each and every day to stay alive...shots in the arm, leg, and tummy. A month's worth of lancets and needles easily fills a gallon milk jug and every item inside represents a shot or poke into his little body.
When Carson was diagnosed, we were overwhelmed with offers of help from family and friends. Nearly everyone we talked to asked, "What can I do to help?" At the time, there was little that we could think of that could be done, but now we know the answer to that question!
We invite you to show your support for Carson, and at the same time help find a cure for Type 1 diabetes by joining him in the Walk to Cure Diabetes on September 23 at Riverfront Park in Spokane.
It's easy to oget started. Simply log into www.walk.jdrf.org and register to walk under CARSON'S CRUISERS family team. You can make a donation under Carson's name or under your own name if you would like to be eligible for prizes. You may also make a check out to JDRF and send it to me and I will get it in the right hands! If you give at least $10 and walk with us on Sept. 23, you will receive a coveted CARSON'S CRUISERS shirt to wear the day of the walk! These shirts have been paid for by Coeur d Alene Pediatrics. Please thank them when you see them! It's that easy! We are SO close to a cure that who knows... perhaps it will be the dollar that you give that finds that elusive cure for Type 1 diabetes.
We're asking for your help to find a cure. But, we want you to know we're doing our part as well! Carson is honored to have been selected as the JDRF Youth Ambassador for the Inland Northwest this year. He has fimed a commercial to promote the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, gave a poignant speech at the kick off luncheon, and is currently meeting with local corporate offices and businesses to encourage them to form walk teams as well. Both his commercial and speech are posted to YOU Tube. Simply search Carson Magee and you'll easily locate the videos. Carson is also raising money for JDRF by making and selling balloon animals in his clown character (a.k.a. Pockets) at local businesses In addition, he is in the process of applying for the JDRF Children's Congress that meets with members of the Congress in Washington, DC for several days in June, 2013.
Over 85% of every dollar raised for JDRF goes directly to finding a cure. Ninety kids and adults are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes every single day. We would love to have everyone participate in the walk with us! The walk is an easy 3 mile stroll along the Centennial Trail that begins and ends in Riverfront Park. There is also a 1 mile shortcut for those who need it! Along the way, you will enjoy entertainment from local high school bands and other artists, learn a bit more about Type 1 diabetes and be inspired by some of the most incredible kids that you will ever meet!
Thank you for your friendship and support! We would not have made it through these 2+ years without our God, our family and our friends. Together, we will FIND A CURE!
The Magee family
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