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AHH 24-Hr. News

Growing Child Poverty Persists Across the State
Thursday, 24 April 2014
NEWARK, NJ - Hunterdon County ranked number one out of all New Jersey counties in the overall well-being of its children, while Cumberland County... Read More...
IMAGE Twin Lights Museum Establishes Millicent Mercer Johnsen Internship Program
Wednesday, 23 April 2014
Photo: Niels and Millicent Johnsen visit the Twin Lights in 2012 for the Historical Society’s Pledge of Allegiance rededication ceremony. The... Read More...
Sens. Menendez, Booker Announce $4.6M in FEMA Sandy Relief
Tuesday, 22 April 2014
NEWARK, NJ  – U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)... Read More...
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Tuesday, 22 April 2014
Teresa Burger, age 34, from Buckingham Circle in Middletown, NJ, arrested on April 9, 2014 by Patrolman Lawrence Seymour on Contempt of Court... Read More...
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Tuesday, 22 April 2014
“Power of the Purse” Fundraiser to Benefit Programs and Services for Children Red Bank, NJ -  Over 70 handbags have been donated to benefit... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Earth Day: Big Deal!
by Anne Mikolay
Tuesday, 22 April 2014
Happy Earth Day, 2014! Earth Day, also known as International Mother Earth Day, is an annual event commemorated across the globe. First observed in... Read More...
IMAGE Racial Amnesia
by Woody Zimmerman
Tuesday, 22 April 2014
It’s becoming apparent that Democrats have run out of material to help them win policy-arguments with Republicans. Desperation has driven them to... Read More...
IMAGE Skewed View - April 20, 2014
by Tom Brennan
Sunday, 20 April 2014
If this won't get you a date to the prom I don't know what will, "KFC debuts chicken drumstick corsage"  :http://cnb.cx/Q6OvGh Your best friend,... Read More...
IMAGE Belief by Seeing and Not Seeing
by George Hancock-Stefan
Sunday, 20 April 2014
In the Day of Resurrection, there is a wide range in how people encounter Jesus. Mary Magdalene encounters the Risen Lord when He pronounces her... Read More...
IMAGE Luongo Has Miracle Surgery
by Daniel J. Vance
Sunday, 20 April 2014
On Good Friday 2013, then 39-year-old Nicole Luongo of Plantation, Florida, took a step of faith. She'd had cerebral palsy since birth, had... Read More...

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Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for Assistant Scout Leader Joseph Steiger

danvance_120Boy Scout Troop 1230 of Mankato, Minnesota, could be the first in America consisting entirely of members with a a specific disability. (If you know of another, please email.) Their disability is type 1 diabetes, also called juvenile diabetes, which a National Institutes of Health website defines as a lifelong disease, often beginning in childhood, when the pancreas fails to produce enough insulin to control blood sugar levels.

In a telephone interview, Scoutmaster Vickie Parsons said, "I'm a pediatric nurse practitioner at Mankato Clinic and work with about 80 kids with type 1 diabetes from southern Minnesota. The idea began when the mother of an affected child asked about whether we knew of another child with type 1 diabetes her daughter could meet."

The next day, a physician, who also was the father of another affected girl, asked the same question. The physician happened to be a Boy Scout leader and knew the Scouts accepted boys and girls. In time, a Type 1 diabetes troop was born.

Given the age range of children, the boy/girl mix, and the substantial physical limitations of children with type 1 diabetes, Troop 1230 employs a specially designed, adaptive program. It meets six times a year for outings, including one overnight camp.

Said Parsons, "(Type 1 diabetes) never goes away. Each time someone with it eats carbohydrate foods, they have to give themselves a shot. A kid will take at least three insulin shots a day and sometimes up to eight. Some kids wear (insulin) pumps, which are inserted every three days. An active kid might have to poke her finger to draw blood ten times a day (to discern her blood sugar level)."

Type 1 diabetes symptoms vary considerably depending on whether the person's blood sugar is too high or low, with worst-case scenarios leading to ketoacidosis, seizures or death.

Said Parsons, "At camp, the kids get to do all the fun stuff just like the other kids. We have adults and counselors with type 1 diabetes to show them there isn't anything they can't do."

The "troop" was the best thing her clinic had done so far to help kids with type 1 diabetes, she said. Often these children feel isolated and different because of their physical limitations, and don't know other children with the same disability. The group also facilitates parents meeting parents.

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