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The Montgomery area food bank will celebrate the grand opening of their newly expanded facility. The expansion was built onto the existing facility on Trade Center Street.The newly expanded facility isMore >>
The Montgomery area food bank will celebrate the grand opening of their newly expanded facility. The expansion was built onto the existing facility on Trade Center Street.More >>
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The strategically positioned southeastern Ukraine town of Novoazovsk appears firmly under the control of Russia-backed separatists as concerns grow about the opening of a new front in the Ukraine conflict.More >>
"Russian forces have entered Ukraine," the country's president declared Thursday, cancelling a foreign trip and calling an emergency meeting of his security council. Reports from analysts to separatist rebels to NATO...More >>
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The search area for a missing Malaysian airliner in the southern Indian Ocean has been refined based on the latest analysis, while the investigation into how the plane came to crash cannot proceed until the...More >>
Just weeks before the hunt for the missing Malaysian airliner is set to resume, an Australian official said Thursday that the sprawling search area in the southern Indian Ocean may be extended farther south based on a new...More >>
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A Butler County family can't believe that the man convicted of their loved one's death has been allowed to leave prison and work near where they live and where the crime happened. Bobby Ray McCombs brothersMore >>
A Butler County family can't believe that the man convicted of their loved one's death has been allowed to leave prison and work near where they live and where the crime happened.
On Joshua Specht's 16th birthday he was hoping to get his license, instead he received another birthday surprise.
"The doctor called me and told me that I needed to go to the emergency room," said Specht. "They were afraid I was going to pass out taking the drivers test."
His emergency room visit revealed his blood sugar levels were through the roof, especially for a seemingly healthy teenager at his age. Then came other symptoms, he was always thirsty and used the restroom a lot.
All the clues led up to a Type 1 diabetes or juvenile diabetes diagnosis. It's a disorder in the body's immune system that occurs when the immune system attacks and destroys certain cells in the pancreas. For the rest of Joshua's life, he will need to take insulin in order to stay alive.
Unlike Type 2 Diabetes, Joshua's health or weight was not a factor in his diagnosis. Joshua's father, David Specht, says there's a stigma when it comes to diabetes.
"People think it's the overweight persons disease and when you're talking Type 1, there's really nothing you can do to prevent it," said David.
"You could be rocking along just fine and the next thing you know, you don't know why you got it, how you got it, etc."
So they both decided to get proactive, joining the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to bring awareness about the disease.
Since there is no cure and they can't change the outcome, both Joshua and David hope to make children and adults more aware of how to manage their diagnosis.
On September 14th they will participate in the Craig Floyd Memorial Walk to Cure Diabetes. Put on by the Louisiana Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, they organization hopes to raise $90,000 to fund research toward preventing, better treating, and curing type 1 diabetes and its complications.
The walk begins at Party City in Bossier City at 8am.
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