Idaho's only delegate for Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes heads to Washington DC

MOSCOW, ID - A 10-year-old boy from Coeur d'Alene has been raising awareness about Type 1 Diabetes around the state, including here in our area, since he was diagnosed with the disease three years ago.

Reporter Rachel Dubrovin explains why this young advocate will have a chance to share his message with Congress at the nation's capitol later this week.

"You know, diabetes stinks," said Type 1 Diabetes advocate Carson Magee.

Carson Magee, 10, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when he was only seven.

"You always wish it was you instead of your child that has to go through something like this," said Carson's mother Fondra Magee.

"Your beta cells and your pancreas don't work anymore," said Carson.

Now, Carson has to constantly be mindful of his blood sugar.

"Diabetes doesn't really give you rests," said Carson Magee.

Over the last three years, he has pricked his finger thousands of times, and given himself hundreds of shots.

"It's good," said Carson Magee. "A little low, so I might have to eat something."

"You have to, you know, sit out in the games because you have a low blood sugar," said Carson Magee. "Other kids don't."

But he doesn't let this chronic disease keep him down.

"Carson has risen to the challenge," said Fondra Magee. "He inspires me every single day."

"I wanted a cure, so I wanted to get the word out about Type 1 Diabetes," said Carson.

The Coeur d'Alene resident travels around the region to raise awareness about Juvenile Diabetes.

"This was the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes," said Carson.

Recently, Carson was chosen as Idaho's only delegate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Children's Congress.

"I don't know... I was so excited," said Magee. "I couldn't believe this was actually happening."

From July eighth through tenth, Carson will privately meet with Idaho's Congressional delegation in Washington DC. He said he's looking forward to sharing his message about funding juvenile diabetes research.

"There isn't a cure right now, but I believe there will be a cure some day," said Magee.

About 1,500 kids applied to participate in the JDRF Children's Congress, but only 150 were chosen. Carson was the only delegate chosen from Idaho. Carson plans to journal his trip to Washington DC on this blog.