Teenager Carson Magee of Coeur d'Alene buttonholed Gov. Butch Otter in 2014 and urged him to proclaim the second Monday in February each year as Type 1 Diabetes Awareness Day, and this is the second year for the educational event and annual proclamation at the Capitol, the Idaho Statesman reports. "Now you can see what citizen lobbying is all about," teased Lt. Gov. Brad Little, above, with Magee.
There is no cure for Type 1 diabetes, although it can be managed. Carson was diagnosed in 2010. "Six years later, here I am, still living with this agitating disease," he said, "but I am healthy and living my life happily, not letting Type 1 get in my way."
This year’s celebration in the Capitol included interactive learning stations, pediatric endocrinologists from local hospitals, representatives from diabetes camp, insulin pump suppliers, nutritionists, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and more.