Can You Be A Part Of My Blessing?
Hello, my name is Jace Davila and I am 5 years old. I am the 4th of six children and I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in the summer of 2011. Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease caused by the immune system mistakenly turning on itself. My immune system has destroyed its beta cells in the pancreas which takes away the ability to produce insulin. Without insulin my body will starve itself because I am not able to break down the blood glucose that produces my energy.
Sadly there is no cure for Type 1 Diabetes. Gratefully, I have a glucose meter, insulin, test strips and several other tools that help me get through the battle I face on a daily basis. A day in my shoes consists of blood sugar tests every 2-4 hours and sometimes more. I also have to get insulin shots at every meal and some snack times. While my brothers and sisters can go about their playtime activities, most of these activities can have an effect on my blood sugar levels. Because of this I need to get my finger poked to check levels every 30 minutes during these activities. If my blood glucose gets out of a safe range it could cause seizures, heart problems, blindness, and kidney failure.
Amazingly, I have been given the opportunity to purchase a Diabetic Alert Dog (D.A.D.). Having this Alert Dog will help me better manage my disease and can help prevent my blood glucose levels from getting out of range. Also, this dog will allow me to enjoy my childhood the best way that I can. A D.A.D. is a 24 hour a day companion that will allow me to grow up and even later in life, come with me to college and help me when my parents can’t be there. The D.A.D.’s are professionally trained to detect when my blood sugar levels are out of range which will result in less stress and a more normal life for me. With me being so young, I cannot tell when my body is trying to tell me something is wrong and it makes it hard to know when I need to check my blood sugar levels. Having a Diabetic Alert Dog, I would be able to go about my day and the dog would be there to alert me and my parents when something is wrong in enough time to be able to do what is necessary to get me back to safe sugar levels which will prevent the affects that out of range levels will cause.
However, these dogs are expensive. My family and I are desperately trying to raise the funds to support this additional lifesaving tool. We would appreciate all the financial help that you may be able to offer. To be able to have a D.A.D with me at all times would be a blessing and help me to live a more normal lifestyle and enjoy my childhood to the fullest.