A lifesaving companion-diabetic alert dog for Em
$935 raised
4% of $25k goal
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Emilee was diagnosed in 2004 with type 1 diabetes. She was 7. There is no cure. She endured 5 shots of insulin per day for 4 years and now uses an insulin pump. Without insulin 24/7/365, she would die. She loves playing softball and soccer. However, ...
Emilee was diagnosed in 2004 with type 1 diabetes. She was 7. There is no cure. She endured 5 shots of insulin per day for 4 years and now uses an insulin pump. Without insulin 24/7/365, she would die. She loves playing softball and soccer. However, with type 1 diabetes, she is forced to sit out oftentimes due to dangerously low blood sugars, which could result in coma or death; or high blood sugars which carry the risk of organ damage and long term complications. Sometimes the low blood sugars creep up without detection until Emilee is nearly unconscious. Emilee's uncle (also a type 1 diabetic) died in his sleep from a low blood sugar and it has traumatized Emilee. Every night before bed, she asks, "mommy, will you check on me?" And every night, 2-3 times per night while she sleeps, I wake to check her blood sugar. Many times, I have found it to be dangerously low. This is a real issue, as some type 1 diabetics while sleeping do not "feel" the blood glucose dropping, and they do not wake up. Sadly, many children, like my uncle, have died like this. When this happens, I must force fast acting carbohydrates or glucagon to get her blood glucose back to a safe, normal number. She is only 16 but already worries about some day having to live alone or going off to college. Who will check her while she sleeps? I couldn't summarize the impact that type 1 diabetes has had on our lives without writing a short novel. But to sum it all up, there is a wonderful opportunity to obtain a trained diabetic alert dog. Diabetic alert dogs are trained to sense high and low blood sugar levels even before they would register on a blood glucose meter. This life saving resource would make for a safer and more normal life for Emilee. It would be not only an alert/service dog, but a companion that she can take to college with her and transition into adult life. This dog will give Emilee - and me - peace of mind.
These dogs are hand picked, exquisitely trained, and perfectly matched to the person they're assisting. Because of the hours of time and training that goes into each and every dog, there is a fee. We need $20,000. That sounds like a lot, but when it is something that can improve the quality of life for your child, how can you put a price tag on anything? In other words, there's no mountain I won't climb, no river I won't cross if it means I can help Emilee live a long, healthy, as close to normal, life as possible.

Managing type 1 diabetes is an emotionally, physically, and financially cumbersome, and draining, task - for the whole family. Insurance does not pay for every medical supply. My out of pocket expenses each month for life sustaining medications and pump supplies for Emilee, after insurance has paid, is $300. I work a second job just to offset that financial hurdle.
This page is dedicated to the fundraising efforts to help obtain a D.A.D.(Diabetic Alert Dog). Any contribution you make will go toward the purchase of what will become not only Emilee's guardian dog but her new best friend.
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