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IMAGE Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Louise Glück at Monmouth U April 24
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ  – The 2013-2014 Visiting Writers Series closes with a very special reading by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Louise Glück... Read More...
Freeholders Proclaim 2014 ‘Library Week’ in Monmouth County
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognizes the importance of the library system and has declared the week of April... Read More...
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Wednesday, 16 April 2014
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How Most of America’s Food is Controlled by a Few Corporations
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
LINCROFT, NJ – How 80 per cent of America’s food production has become dominated by a few corporate food processors will be explored by Patty... Read More...
Local Students Win Awards at Heritage National Music Festival
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
TINTON FALLS, N.J. –  The Upper School Chorus, Show Choir and Orchestra at Ranney School,  under the direction of instructors Tess... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE COMMON CORE Can Deliver Rigor to US Schools If It's not an Iron-Clad Mandate
by wjoreilly
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
  Make way for the Common Core, coming soon to a public school near you. Some are thrilled, others bored, and still others terrified of the... Read More...
IMAGE April Love – and April Fool
by Woody Zimmerman
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
(Edited from an article of April 2004) At our house April 1st is a favorite date for more than the usual silly reasons of practical jokes and... Read More...
IMAGE Ospreys Return this Spring To Raise A Family
by Joe Reynolds
Monday, 14 April 2014
For the past dozen years or more, during the first full week of April, I have celebrated the return of spring to Sandy Hook Bay and Raritan Bay with... Read More...
IMAGE Getting Into That "Highly Selective American College": Get Involved in Your World...NOW!
by wjoreilly
Monday, 14 April 2014
These are the schools your parents want you to get into, your friends want to get into--you may even want to get into one of them yourself. They run... Read More...
IMAGE Mayoral Candidate Avery Grant’s Pioneering Vision for Long Branch: “A Community.”
by Dennis
Sunday, 13 April 2014
When retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Avery Grant, a veteran of the Vietnam War, first moved to Long Branch, he was taken not only by its natural... 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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