Horse ride benefits youth with Type 1 diabetes

Posted at 5:36 PM, May 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-15 19:50:53-04

Dozens of people jumped on their horses Sunday and enjoyed a ride in the foothills just north of Eagle, all for a good cause.

The Diabetes Ride is in its 21st year with all the proceeds going towards sending local youth to summer camp.

While outdoor activities are a part of Camp Hodia's focus, so is education on best management practices for those who are insulin-resistant.

The funds will specifically provide scholarships for those who otherwise couldn't afford it.

"We take the time and the care and the medical attention to break down the activities and make it safe for kids with diabetes," said Lisa Gier, executive director of Idaho Diabetes Youth Programs. "We make sure those kids know if they are going to go out and do a 5-mile hike with their families, here are a couple of things they might want to do so they're prepared to do so safely with their diabetes."

Registration is now being accepted for Camp Hodia's upcoming summer sessions.

The age range is from 3-years-old up to 30.

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