A Life Saving Diabetic Alert Dog for Amara

For: Amara Wilson
Organizer: Melissa Wilson
$6,252
of $10,000 goal.
Raised by 66 donors
62% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Hi, I am Amara Wilson and I have had Type 1 Diabetes since I was 2 1/2 years old. My blood sugars sometime get dangerously low and high. At night it is even more important that I stay in a safe range so I rely on my parents to monitor me. As I get older I am finding that my independence is becoming more and more important. I will be driving soon and then before I know it, I will be off to college! If I had a Diabetic Alert Dog by my side at all times I would not have to worry anymore. My dog will alert me before I go too low or too high! This will keep me safe and much healthier. Thank you for helping me reach my goal, and my dream of having a live saving service dog!

According to the American Diabetes Association, Diabetes kills more Americans every year than breast cancer and AIDS combined.

Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys certain cells in the pancreas, an organ about the size of a hand that is located behind the lower part of the stomach. These cells — called beta cells — are contained, along with other types of cells, within small islands of endocrine cells called the pancreatic islets. Beta cells normally produce insulin, a hormone that helps the body move the glucose contained in food into cells throughout the body, which use it for energy. But when the beta cells are destroyed, no insulin can be produced, and the glucose stays in the blood instead, where it can cause serious damage to all the organ systems of the body.

For this reason, people with type 1 diabetes must take insulin in order to stay alive. This means undergoing multiple injections daily, or having insulin delivered through an insulin pump, and testing their blood sugar by pricking their fingers for blood six or more times a day. People with diabetes must also carefully balance their food intake and their exercise to regulate their blood sugar levels, in an attempt to avoid hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) and hyperglycemic (high blood sugar) reactions, which can be life threatening.

To learn more about Type 1 Diabetes go to http://jdrf.org
To learn more about diabetic alert dogs go to diabeticalertdog.com

Thanks so much to all of you for your support!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on January 5, 2014

Posted on January 5, 2014

Two week count down for Teddy's arrival. Ed says he is on track and will come to Idyllwild for delivery on Thursday, the 16th!

Posted on December 10, 2013

Posted on December 10, 2013

UGH Diabetes sucks! Amara's pump tube was bent in half and not delivering any insulin to her for several hours. Her blood sugars need to be between 70-120 and she is over 600 and now finally coming down slightly after 2.5 hours. Poor kid... she feels absolutely horrible. I can't imagine how this must feel. She is such a trooper and deals with all of this so well.

Her service dog would have alerted her before her numbers went this high. Count down to Teddy...Hopefully 5 weeks away.

Posted on November 14, 2013

Posted on November 14, 2013

Teddy is doing really well in his obedience training! He starts his training in picking up the low and high scents soon. Here is a link to show Teddy "shopping" at Target.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dadofamerica/10769968613/

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