Coeur d'Alene boy raises thousands for Type 1 Diabetes foundation |
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An young boy from Coeur d'Alene has a disease some might think of as limiting, but 11-year-old Carson Magee is refusing to let Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) hold him back.
Since he was diagnosed four years ago, Carson has helped raise thousands for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) through various fundraisers and contests.
Most recently he was invited down to Denver, Colorado as the creator of the winning design for the “Our Everyday Heroes Race Car Design Contest” for JDRF, hosted by Ford Customer Service Division and its brands Motocraft and Quick Lane Tire and Auto Centers.
Carson's design honors firefighters, EMTs, police and all branches of the armed forces.
“I have an EMT friend and a firefighter friend who both have T1D so I thought I would put them on the car,” said Carson. “I also have a friend who wants to be in the military and she also has T1D so I put her symbol on there too.”
Out of the hundreds of entrants, JDRF chose the top two from each chapter to move on the semi-finals. Those 63 contestants then raised money at $1 a vote for their design with the top 10 moving on to the finals. Carson's design alone raised $4,000 and was chosen to have his design put on the car. The main logo also graced t-shirts for everyone on the crew, and driver Bob Tasca III's protective fire suit which will later be auctioned off for JDRF.
Carson says the big unveiling of the car with his design was his favorite moment of the trip, but there were plenty of other highlights.
“I got interviewed by ESPN when I was there and I got to ride in the tow car which tows the racecar down to the track,” he said. “I went down to the racetrack Sunday morning at the finals and they introduced all the finals and I was on stage in front of the huge crowd with Bob Tasca and be introduced.”
This is Carson's third year entering the racecar contest. The last two years he was also a finalist, but this is the first year his design was chosen to go all the way and Carson says he's ready to retire.
“I'll let somebody else have a chance,” he said. “I might submit a design just to raise money, though.”
It turns out Carson is responsible for a lot of money provided to JDRF. Earlier this year he worked with senators, representatives and even Governor Butch Otter to get the Special Diabetes Program letter signed, providing $150 million to JDRF for research every year. He's also working on getting the governor and first lady to proclaim a state-wide T1D awareness day, with an annual walk around the capitol rotunda and resource fair.