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Diabetic Alert Dog (D.A.D.) for Ashley!

$11,746raised of $15,000 goal
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Organizer: Ashley Kinstler Beneficiary: Ashley Kinstler

My name is Ashley and I am Type 1 Diabetic. Help me gain a better quality of life and eliminate diabetic anxiety by donating to help me get a Diabetic Alert Dog! Look below for the full story! :)

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My name is Ashley and I am twenty-one years old. I am a college student working on a degree. I live with my boyfriend in Bowling Green. But let’s back track a little. Just before I turned sixteen, I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. I was in the Intensive Care Unit for three days and nights at my diagnosis because my blood sugar had reached a level of 717 and I was in ketoacidosis. For those of you unfamiliar with diabetes, my normal range is between 90 and 120. I could have very easily gone into a diabetic coma. I took on the care of my diabetes on my own from the get go, doing everything myself and asking for little help. One year after diagnosis, I went on insulin pump therapy, which brought my blood sugars to a healthy range. After experiencing severe and frequent low blood sugars, I began to have anxiety over my sugar readings. Not only was I obsessing over checking my blood sugar, but I was also having what I would describe as “mini panic attacks”. I would frequently turn down friends to go out and do certain things because I didn’t want to leave the comfort of my own home with my diabetic supplies needed. I would often think “what happens if I run out of supplies outside of the house?”, or “what if I get low in public?’. I didn’t even get my driver’s license until I was nineteen because the anxiety scared me away from driving on my own. As time went on, the anxiety grew worse and I found myself checking my blood sugar at least twenty times a day. Again, for those of you not familiar with diabetes, the average amount is four to six times per day. Test strips are not cheap. Each strip costs roughly one dollar. Having to buy at least one hundred extra test strips each month is not something that is in a college budget, and I didn’t want to continue asking my parents for money for more strips. I was ashamed, like I was doing something wrong. But I couldn’t stop checking. If I didn’t check my sugar and see that number on the screen, panic set in. A few months ago, I began taking anti-anxiety medication to help with this issue. It did help a bit, but I still have an uncomfortable amount of anxiety and panic over my diabetes. I also still test on average 12 times a day. My goal is to get off of my anti-anxiety medication and test no more than 6 times a day. Meeting these two goals will allow me to live my life normally; well, as normally as a type 1 diabetic can.

To do this, I need to get a Diabetic Alert Dog (D.A.D.) to help with my daily living and diabetic care. Most people have never heard of Diabetic Alert Dogs, so I will tell you a little bit about them. These dogs are truly amazing. The first thing that they learn to do is sniff blood sugar. This dog will alert me if my blood sugar is falling too low or rising too high, eliminating the anxiety over bad blood sugars and also eliminating the need to frequently test my sugar. In addition, this service dog can be trained to bring supplies that I need to me in the case that I cannot walk due to shaking and dizziness because of a low or high blood sugar. The dog could retrieve things such as insulin, glucagon kits (for extreme low blood sugar cases), blood sugar meters, and/or juice from the kitchen to treat low blood sugars. There are times that I am using the walls to hold me up on the way to the kitchen because I am feeling the low so badly. The dog will eliminate the danger of that. Finally, the dog can call for help. It will bark uncontrollably until someone comes to find me in the case of an emergency, such as being passed out or having a seizure. Hearing that a dog could do this for me instantly gave me chills. My biggest fear and anxiety is having something happen to me and having no one around to help. This is my biggest need for the Diabetic Alert Dog. As you can see, this canine helper will do a great deal for my life and will improve my quality of life so much.

However, this service dog comes at a steep price. The company I am getting my DAD from is called Dreys Alert Dogs. They are located in Jasper, TX and their dogs cost $15,000. I also have to raise money to travel down to pick up my dog and stay for the 3 day training. On top of that, I hope to raise enough funds to get the initial supplies for my DAD and have a back up fund for medical emergencies. I have estimated that I want to raise $17,500 to $18,000 as a total! I have put my $1,000 deposit down and my little princess was born on May 13! I have posted a collage of pictures of her! This program is the best I have found and it is AMAZING that they cater to Ohio. Not only will I be asking for donations on here, but I will also be working my butt off to hold fundraisers in my community! If you choose to donate online, PLEASE leave your name and e-mail (where provided when donating) so that I can send out thank you's after my goal is met! I want to know who is helping me! :) Donations can also be sent directly to me in the mail and put towards my goal. If you would like to donate directly to the me rather than sending it through this website first, please let me know. Also, their is the option of donating directly to the organization. To do this, you can contact me for instructions. You can e-mail me at DADforAshley@gmail.com. Any extra money raised after the goal is reached will be used toward upkeep of the dog such as food and grooming expenses, as well as vet bills.

Throughout this letter, I have bolded some words that play on a diabetic's mind each and every day, 24/7. For me, that is in overdrive because of my anxiety. You can help me put my anxiety to rest by making a donation to my cause!
As you can see this dog will make quite the difference in my life. I am asking you to please help me in helping myself have a better and easier life dealing with diabetes. Every little bit counts and anything you have to offer is much appreciated. If you have any questions or want to know more about my story, you can send me an e-mail at DADforAshley@gmail.com. Thank you in advance for all of your help! I truly appreciate it.

I also ask that you "Share" my cause on Facebook, "Pin It" to Pinterest, "Tweet" it on Twitter, and post this wherever you think it might help!! You can do this on the sidebar on my page toward the right! Also, if you are interested in volunteering for fundraisers I will be holding, please e-mail me. Thanks!

Help me make my dream come true!

You can also find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dadforashley
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Updates

04/16/2014
by Ashley Kinstler
We are in the final days. I have 3 weeks to raise the money needed. Please help any way you can whether it be donating or sharing or running a fundraiser for me!
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03/24/2014
by Ashley Kinstler
APRIL 11: Come out to Chipotle on Central Ave between 4-8pm and mention DAD for Ashley when paying for your order. They will donate 50% of all of their profits during that time when mentioning my cause to DAD for Ashley!
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03/05/2014
by Ashley Kinstler
REMINDER: The PANCAKE BREAKFAST is THIS Saturday March 8th from 10am-1pm at Hope Community Church in Oregon OH :)
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02/14/2014
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02/14/2014
by Ashley Kinstler
We raised a total of $615 with the 10FOR10 for Keona fundraiser and the winner was Renee Lang! We will get you your prize shortly :) Thank you everyone
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01/24/2014
by Ashley Kinstler

DAD for Ashley will now be selling WRISTBANDS! Contact me for more info :)


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01/24/2014
by Ashley Kinstler
Hylant did a jeans day fundraiser for us and raised over $300!! Way to go Hylant :)
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01/08/2014
by Ashley Kinstler
I set up an account on hero network to see if I can get some extra help!
http://heronetwork.com/wish/home?id=1514827
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01/05/2014
by Ashley Kinstler
We got a couple pictures and a couple videos of Keona from a friend who visited Drey's in Texas! If you want to watch, please visit our facebook page at www.facebook.com/dadforashley
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12/31/2013
by Ashley Kinstler
NEW FUNDRAISER!

10FOR10 for Keona
We need ten people to contact me to sign up to participate in this. Each person must collect $10 from 10 people. The $100 will be donated to DAD for Ashley. BUT don't stop at just ten people to collect from. The person with the most collected wins a prize!
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11/15/2013
by Ashley Kinstler
After a successful Spaghetti Dinner, I am taking a short week break to recoup and then start planning our next large fundraiser! I will update you all when the week is over on Monday!
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11/11/2013
by Ashley Kinstler
Just wanted to let you all know the TOTAL COUNT for the DAD for Ashley Spaghetti Dinner. We raised...*drumroll please*.........$2,528!!!!!! Thank you so much to everyone that came out to support me and my journey to bring Keona home. I will have pictures up soon hopefully!
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11/04/2013
by Ashley Kinstler
Hey ya'll. It's Diabetes Awareness Month! (Not that I'm not always open but.....) I am officially open to answer ANY questions you have about diabetes, diabetes research, or diabetic alert dogs. I mean ANYTHING. I am completely 100% open. So ask away :) No question is stupid, I want to hear them all! Post em on here for all to learn or private message me if you would rather remain anonymous!
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10/28/2013
by Ashley Kinstler
We have officially raised $6,000! However, about $300 of that has been spent on expenses related to DAD for Ashley for things such as scent kit, shipping, and supplies for fundraisers. So we have about $5,700 in pocket for the total!
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10/22/2013
by Ashley Kinstler
Well, the fundraising website has been updated with all recent funds that have come in including the Change Jar Drive and money from the pop tabs we saved. A new goal has been set as well...another $570 by November 30th. Think we can do it? :)
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10/18/2013
by Ashley Kinstler
I am pleased to announce that Keona has been tested and PASSED to be my service dog. She has her collar and tags and is officially mine. So meet my Keona <3 (picture in photos)
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10/17/2013
by Ashley Kinstler
We are selling t-shirts. They come in pink and green. Sizes Youth S-XL and Adult S-5XL. If you are interested in ordering email me at dadforashley@gmail.com. $10 each! I uploaded the picture of them on here.
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10/17/2013
by Ashley Kinstler
The Change Jar Drive brought in $530.70!!!
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10/14/2013
by Ashley Kinstler
Will probably have the final count for the Change Jar Drive on Wednesday night. Pickups took longer than expected.
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10/04/2013
by Ashley Kinstler
SAVE THE DATE: (no I am not getting married lol) BUT, we do have a venue for the SPAGHETTI DINNER benefiting DAD for Ashley!!!!! AND A DATE SO excited to be planning my first large scale fundraiser. Thanks to Craig Snyder at 107.7 The Wolf Toledo's Real Country Variety we will be holding our Spaghetti Dinner at Vail Meadows in Oregon on NOVEMBER 10 from 4-7pm. More info to come

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10/02/2013
by Ashley Kinstler
K100 posted my website and cause on their Cares Page as well as their Facebook page!! They also talked about me on their radio show this morning!!! I have gotten a lot of support and $150 in donations due to this :)
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09/30/2013
by Ashley Kinstler
Change Jar Drive ends tomorrow!!
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09/26/2013
by Ashley Kinstler
Looking for places that would donate their facility with a kitchen for my Spaghetti Dinner. Any ideas? E-mail me at dadforashley@gmail.com
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09/22/2013
by Ashley Kinstler
UPDATES ON DAD FOR ASHLEY AND KEONA :

-Keona will be arriving at Dreys from the breeder the week of October 8th and she will begin her training to be my little angel
-I will be receiving my scent sampling box soon which means it is time to start collecting and sending scent swatches of my highs and lows so that Keona can get to know my scent!
-CHANGE JAR DRIVE will be ending in about 9 days. Continue saving your change for me! Every little bit counts even if it is only a handful!
-I will be meeting with the school I volunteer and coach at on Tuesday to see if they will allow me to hold a spaghetti dinner there as a fundraising. Stay tuned for details!
-FOLLOW DAD FOR ASHLEY ON FACEBOOK at www.facebook.com/dadforashley

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09/17/2013
by Ashley Kinstler

IT'S A GIRL!!!!! Today I found out that I will be getting my Diabetic Alert Dog EARLY!!! In May instead of July! My sweet little Keona was born on June 2 and I hope to have pictures of her within the next month! I have posted a picture on here of her parents Boomer and Prudence. They are from Duckhill Kennels :)


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09/04/2013
by Ashley Kinstler
Just recorded my interview on 107.7 the Wolf with Craig Snyder!! I got a chance to raise awareness about type 1 diabetes and diabetic alert dogs while telling the public about my fundraising and putting this website out there! I will post when it airs later :)
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08/23/2013
by Ashley Kinstler
I have a HUGE announcement to make!!! I will be on the radio to raise awareness for type 1 diabetes, diabetic alert dogs, AND to promote my cause and fundraising website!!! 107.7 The Wolf (country station) will be featuring my interview probably on September 8th!!!
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08/22/2013
by Ashley Kinstler
Just to update everyone on my fundraising efforts for the end of the month.
August 24: We are heading to the Cleveland area to finally meet The Spiro family. We will be set up at a booth for a dog show! The Spiro family was so generous to include us in this fundraiser!
August 26-30: We are sending out at least 100 sponsor letters to see if we can reel in any corporate sponsors!
Now-October 1: Change Jar Drive...save your change for D.A.D. for Ashley!
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08/19/2013
by Ashley Kinstler
Well D.A.D. for Ashley followers, We had another super successful weekend fundraising!!!! The total weekend brought in $772 for me That breaks down to $519 from the rummage sale #2, $71 from the 50/50 raffle #3, $46 from the popcorn maker raffle part 2 (we already made $44 in part one), and an astounding $136 in outright donations!!!!! Thank you everyone for your support
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08/13/2013
by Ashley Kinstler
Well, family and friends....I wanted to make a HUGE announcement! I have officially signed the contract and put my deposit down for DREYS ALERT DOGS I will be getting my alert dog in June! time to fundraise my butt off

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08/09/2013
by Ashley Kinstler
D.A.D. for Ashley is looking for corporate sponsors! Any ideas for us? Let me know!
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08/08/2013
by Ashley Kinstler
We are starting a "Change Jar Drive"! What this involves is family and friends saving their pocket change in a jar or container of some sort (we can provide containers). Let's face it...half of it ends up in the washing machine or in the couch cushions anyways, right?! ;) Anyways, we are asking for volunteers to save their change for roughly two months. Pickups will be around October 1. No effort needed other than dropping the coins in the jar! We will pick up the containers (and bring them back when we are finished if they are yours, of course) and we will roll the change. We hope to get a decent amount from this, but we need your help! My dad's bucket that we just counted had about $30 and that was mostly pennies! Every little bit helps! So, if you are interested in participating in this drive with us, please contact me and we will put you on the list! (And bring you a container if you need one!)
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08/03/2013
by Ashley Kinstler
Well we have reached our goal of $3,250 and I have raised it to $4,000 and added an extra month!
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07/26/2013
by Ashley Kinstler
Join our Facebook group! Search: D.A.D. for Ashley :)
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07/22/2013
by Ashley Kinstler
we are starting a new fundraiser...a rummage sale. we will take ANY donations of things you want to get rid of to put towards the charity rummage sale. please contact me at dadforashley@gmail.com if you have items to donate!
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07/22/2013
by Ashley Kinstler
we finished up a longggg weekend of fundraising yesterday. i held three separate fundraisers. a bake sale, a fifty fifty raffle, and a raffle for a popcorn maker. the bake sale was a blow out sending me over my goal for september first.  i have raised the goal to three thousand two hundred and fifty dollars by october first. thank you for all of your help
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07/15/2013
by Ashley Kinstler
we are working on our bake sale fundraiser...i have baked tonssss of goodies and so have my family and friends. it will be held july twentieth at sunnys campground. wish us luck :)
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07/11/2013
by Ashley Kinstler
i am starting two new fundraisers. The first one will be held on July twentieth at sunnys campground. I will be having a bake sale. if you would like to bake anything to donate, please contact me.
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07/11/2013
by Ashley Kinstler
i am starting two new fundraisers. The first one will be held on July twentieth at sunnys campground. I will be having a bake sale. if you would like to bake anything to donate, please contact me.
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07/07/2013
by Ashley Kinstler
The winner of the 50/50 was drawn and the winner is Terri at LOT 311 at Sunnys Campground! We sold a total of $664 in tickets.Winner took $332! We delivered it last night and she was so happy. Then this morning she came to my lot and donated it all back! How generous :)
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07/05/2013
by Ashley Kinstler
Roundi ng up ticket sales for the 50/50 raffle tomorrow! :) winner will be drawn on sunday.
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07/01/2013
by Ashley Kinstler
We reached our first goal!!! $1,000! Next goal is set at $2,500 by September 1st!
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06/23/2013
by Ashley Kinstler
We've broke through the $900 mark! Should make my goal and be able to sign up for my dog by July 1!
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06/17/2013
by Ashley Kinstler
TWO fundraisers going on right now. 50/50 until July 7th. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 :) Also, still selling Thirty-One Bags. If interested let me know! :) We are at $850!! Almost to our first goal!
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06/03/2013
by Ashley Kinstler
The 50/50 is being extended through 4th of July weekend!
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05/22/2013
by Ashley Kinstler
NEW FUNDRAISER ALERT: I am selling Thirty One bags to benefit my cause! Email me for more information :)
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05/08/2013
by Ashley Kinstler
We have reached the half way mark! In fact, we are past it at $550! I have two new fundraisers going on. 50/50 raffle and selling Thirty One bags. Contact me if you are interested in either!
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05/05/2013
by Ashley Kinstler
TADAAAAAA! We have reached $400 :) ANDDDDDD we have a new fundraiser that has begun! We are selling raffle tickets for a 50/50 raffle. All profit goes towards my fundraising goals! Please email me if you want to buy 50/50 tickets!
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05/01/2013
by Ashley Kinstler
After donations from TWO of my professors :) We have almost reached $400! :)
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04/28/2013
by Ashley Kinstler
I woke up this morning to TWO new donations. :) Were on a roll!
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04/27/2013
by Ashley Kinstler
We have reached our first MILESTONE! $200 mark: CHECK :) Keep up the good work people!
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04/27/2013
by Ashley Kinstler
We have received our first donation!!! Here we go :)
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04/27/2013
by Ashley Kinstler
We are up and running! My fundraising account has been started, PayPal has been verified, and we are now accepting donations!!!! Thanks in advance to all who help in any way to reach my goal! :)
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04/23/2013
by Ashley Kinstler
I will be opening the fundraising bank account hopefully at the beginning of next week (either Monday 4/29/13 or Tuesday 4/30/13), so this website will be fully functional at that point!
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