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JUL 7, 2014 | DEARBORN, Michigan

Idaho Boy Wins 'Our Everyday Heroes' JDRF Paint Scheme Fundraising Contest

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(Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing Press Release)

  • Carson Magee, an 11-year-old fifth grader from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) four years ago at age 7, has won the “Our Everyday Heroes” Race Car Design Contest for JDRF, hosted by Ford Customer Service Division (FCSD) and its brands, Motorcraft and Quick Lane Tire and Auto Centers.
  • Carson’s winning design pays homage to firefighters, emergency medical technicians, police and each of the U.S. armed services.
  • Carson is one of the nation’s foremost youth activists in support of JDRF and advocates to raise research dollars and awareness to create a world without T1D.

Carson Magee, an 11-year-old fifth grader from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) four years ago at age 7, has won the “Our Everyday Heroes” Race Car Design Contest for JDRF, hosted by Ford Customer Service Division (FCSD) and its brands, Motorcraft and Quick Lane Tire and Auto Centers.

Carson’s winning design, which pays homage to firefighters, emergency medical technicians, police and each of the U.S. armed services, was selected from 10 finalists by FCSD, JDRF and Bob Tasca III, driver of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car in the NHRA Mello Yello Series.

“I am so excited to be selected,” said Carson who has made the finals of the contest in each of the last three years and whose design raised $3,735 during the contest. “It’s a terrific opportunity and I’m happy I can help raise awareness about T1D.”

When asked about his design, which features flames and insignia of the everyday heroes he honors, Carson said, “I came up with my design because many of my friends have T1D and are heroes. Like my friend Adam who is a firefighter, my best friend’s mom who is an EMT and my friend Hayven who dreams of flying in the Air Force like both of her parents, but T1Ds aren’t yet allowed in the military.”

Carson continued, “My dream is to become a military chaplain so I was thinking of all these heroes and I couldn’t leave any military heroes out.”

The contest started in March with more than 60 children ages 5-18 living with T1D from around the country raising more than $53,000 type 1 diabetes research.

Every child who entered raised money for JDRF by asking their friends and family to “vote” with donations. The money raised will help to continue JDRF’s efforts to turn Type One into Type None through the support of research.

“We are so pleased that Carson has won the ‘Our Everyday Heroes’ contest,” said Mary Lou Quesnell, director of marketing for Ford Customer Service Division. “Not only is he a talented artist as evidenced by his race car design, but he is one of the nation’s foremost youth activists in support of JDRF and bringing awareness to the effort to create a world without T1D.”

In addition to his contributions to the “Our Everyday Heroes” contest, Carson has an Internet blog that traces his various activities in support of JDRF. Among those activities are the Carson’s Cruisers JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes team and his attendance at local JDRF Outreach meetings.

Carson has spoken publicly about JDRF to the Coeur d’Alene School Board and City Council. He attended the Republica Party of Iowa’s annual Lincoln Dinner in 2013 and met Sen. James Risch (R-ID), Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) and Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter.

He also was a delegate at the 2013 JDRF Children’s Congress in Washington, D.C., and is a budding inventor winning a Judge’s Special Medical Award and 2nd place in his age group at this year’s Invent Idaho Day at the state capitol in Boise. His invention is a device to make testing blood sugar levels easier.

T1D is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks and destroys insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas, rendering millions of Americans dependent on insulin injections and 24/7 vigilance to survive.

Ford Motor Company’s relationship with JDRF spans three decades. In 2008, Motorcraft and Quick Lane Racing joined the effort. In five years, the race car design contest has raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for JDRF, the world’s leading charitable funder of T1D research.