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Road Construction on West Front Street in Middletown Until Aug. 8
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Wall, NJ – New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) today announced that it is installing 1,500 feet of main on West Front Street in Middletown, between... Read More...
Matawan Contractor Admits Failing to Perform Work for Post-Sandy Victims
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Admits He Took Deposits for Work He Never Did FREEHOLD, NJ - A Matawan-based contractor pleaded guilty to accusations of theft admitting he accepted... Read More...
IMAGE Telling Their Story Through the Power of Art
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
PHOTO: Amanda's Easel Program Coordinator Cindi Westendorf (second from left) and Canterbury Art Show volunteers in the 2013 art show gallery of... Read More...
IMAGE The Community YMCA Kicks Off ‘Togetherhood’ Initiative with School Supply Drive to Benefit Kids Near and Far
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
PHOTO: Sahar Akbarzai of Old Bridge helps Y campers create a mural that will travel to Afghanistan along with school supplies being collected at... Read More...
IMAGE Assistance Available for Organic Certification Costs
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
TRENTON, NJ  – The New Jersey Department of Agriculture announced a partnership with the federal government to reduce organic certification... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Not the Kind of Anchovy You Put on Pizza
by Joe Reynolds
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
If someone were to ask you the question what’s the most abundant and frequently found fish in Lower New York Bay, including Raritan Bay and Sandy... Read More...
IMAGE Review - Lucy
by David Prown
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
I saw the new movie, "Lucy" the other day starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman and this movie is going to do well in the box office. Not... Read More...
IMAGE Adoption Involving Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
by Daniel J. Vance
Saturday, 26 July 2014
Laura Bloch adored his picture. “My husband and I had just been approved through an adoption agency and the agency sent out a letter with a picture... Read More...
IMAGE Is It The Shadow?
by Woody Zimmerman
Friday, 25 July 2014
“Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of man? (Hoo-hoo-hoo-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!) The Shadow...” Starting in the 1930s, and extending well into... Read More...
IMAGE Spectator’s Observations
by George Hancock-Stefan
Thursday, 24 July 2014
During the World Cup, I watched as many games as possible. I watched them here at home, I watched a couple of games in Turkey where they were... Read More...

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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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