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Idaho declares Type 1 diabetes awareness day, at urging of 11-year-old with the disease

Thanks to the persistence of 11-year-old Carson Magee of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho has now officially proclaimed the second Monday of February as “Type 1 Diabetes Awareness Day,” and Carson’s helping plan an awareness event at the state Capitol that day. Carson was diagnosed with the disease at age 7, and as a result, he said he has to test his blood glucose and take shots six to eight times  a day. “I just want people to know the symptoms … and join our efforts for a cure,” Carson said at a ceremony today in the governor’s office, where First Lady Lori Otter formally signed the proclamation.

Lori Otter told the young man, “I commend you – not everybody is willing to step up and be part of the solution, and you are.” Type 1 Diabetes has no cure, and unlike Type 2 diabetes, is unrelated to diet or lifestyle; it formerly was called juvenile diabetes. According to JDRF, formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks and destroys insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas, rendering millions of Americans dependent on insulin injections and 24/7 vigilance to survive. 

Carson was a delegate to a national JDRF children’s congress on diabetes in Washington, D.C., and met another youngster who had persuaded Oklahoma to pass a similar proclamation. He decided to work toward one in Idaho, and noticed that Gov. Butch Otter and First Lady Lori Otter were going to be in his hometown for the Ironman Triathlon. That day, Carson rode his unicycle across the park to see the governor – he’s an accomplished unicyclist – and the governor and first lady and their staffers listened to Carson’s proposal with interest. “They took him very seriously,” said Carson’s mom, Fondra Magee. “They kind of surrounded him and got all the information about what he wanted to do.”

The Feb. 9 event in the state Capitol rotunda will include endocrinologists and families with members who have Type 1 diabetes who can answer questions people have about the disease and its symptoms. “I really think it will raise a lot of awareness,” Carson said.

Guv, first lady set 4th annual ‘Trick or Treat at the Capitol’

Gov. Butch Otter and First Lady Lori Otter plan to host their fourth annual “Trick or Treat at the Capitol” next Thursday, when the costumed governor and first lady hand out treats along with toothbrushes, floss and children's books to costumed kids who come to the Capitol steps; this year's event will run from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Pictured above are the governor and first lady's costumes from 2011, when she dressed as a referee, and he dressed as a BSU football player. Other past get-ups have included Lori Otter as Snow White and the governor as a cowboy in 2010; and both in academic caps and gowns festooned with the “Go On” slogan last year, to urge kids to go on to higher education after college. Click below for the details on this year's event.

This year, the two reportedly will be dressed as firefighters.

Idaho’s first lady dislocates shoulder in calf-roping accident

Idaho First Lady Lori Otter dislocated her shoulder in a calf-roping accident and is facing surgery, Gov. Butch Otter announced today.  “For those of you … who asked about Miss Lori, the first lady and I had intention to go out and rope cattle once in a while,” Otter told the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce at the opening of his annual “Address to the Business Community” today at the Boise Centre. “And we were at a rodeo over in Baker, Ore., actually it was a little town called Haines, Ore. … The first lady did dislocate her shoulder. Fortunately, we made it to St. Al’s in Baker.”

Said Otter, “I could not believe how that doctor put her shoulder back in. He put his foot on her armpit, and jerked on that arm. I was thinking medical abuse here, instead of spousal abuse – I couldn’t get away with that.”

Mrs. Otter is recovering, the governor said. “She is going to have to go in and have the shoulder repaired. But she’d been concerned about all my operations, because I got a new left ankle, new right knee, new right hip, both shoulders, and I had some work done on one of my eyes. … I told her even though she’s 23 years younger, I said, you know, one more operation, Lori, and I’m going to be younger than you, with all these new parts.” As the crowd of more than 600 roared with laughter, Otter quipped, “So I think she’s trying to catch up.”

Otter’s press secretary, Jon Hanian, said the accident occurred the weekend before last, on the couple’s anniversary, when the first lady was roping and had just caught the calf over its head with her rope.

Costumed up for trick-or-treat…

First Lady Lori Otter and Gov. Butch Otter dressed up as a referee and a Boise State football player for their second annual trick-or-treat event on the Capitol steps today, at which they handed out candy and toothbrushes to costumed kids.

Guv, first lady invite kids to trick-or-treat at the Capitol steps this afternoon

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and First Lady Lori Otter are inviting kids and their families to come trick-or-treating on the front steps of the state Capitol today, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. It's the second annual event, at which the Otters will hand out candy donated by Walmart and toothbrushes from the Idaho Dental Association (as long as supplies last), along with the first lady's children's book, “Ida Visits the Capitol.” Last year, both the governor and first lady were in costume for the event, she as Snow White and he as a cowboy; their costumes this year reportedly will have a sports theme.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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