Hi! For those of you who don't know me, my name is Brittany. I'm starting this fundraiser for my daughter Jade (aka Jadeybug) who was diagnosed in March with Type 1 Diabetes. Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disorder which has caused Jade's pancreas to stop working. She will need insulin for the rest of her life or she will die. It is a constant struggle to try to keep her blood sugar at a safe level, requiring me to prick her finger to test her BG (blood glucose) level sometimes 10 times or more a day. She often requires as many as 8-10 injections of insulin a day, but hopefully that will change as we are now looking into an insulin pump. This will help by making her only having to change a site every 2-3 days. Recently, Jade has begun to stop recognizing when her BG is low and as her mother, this is very scary to me! Jade could have seizures, pass out, or even die from a low. I am constantly checking her during the day and setting my alarm to check her twice in the middle of the night to make sure she hasn't gone too low. I started looking at options of what I can do as her mother to keep her as safe as possible and the least invasive one I have found is a D.A.D. or Diabetic Alert Dog. This journey will be long and will take a lot of hard work, but I am willing to do whatever I can to help keep Jade healthy and happy. A D.A.D. will not only be a best friend for Jade, but also a tool, that when trained right, will help us be able to know when Jade's BG is too high or too low, hopefully saving her life! I have talked to many families that have their own D.A.D. and they have told me how amazing their dog has been, saving their child's life by alerting to them that their child is going low. We have decided, after much research, to get Jade her own D.A.D. through Heartland Diabetic Alert Dogs in Oklahoma. However, D.A.D.'s are very expensive. The D.A.D. we would like to get Jade costs $18,000, but we are trying to raise $28,000 total to be able to buy the dog and cover food and expenses for the dog. I know I can't do this on my own, so that is why I am asking for your help! Any money donated will go straight for the D.A.D. and any money leftover will go towards helping another family get a D.A.D. or to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). Thank you so much to anyone who is willing and able to help! We will forever be grateful for helping us be able to provide Jade with this wonderful gift!
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If you aren't aware of what Type 1 diabetes is please check out some facts at:
You can learn about Heartland Diabetic Alert Dogs at: http://www.heartlanddads.com/
or check them out on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/HeartlandDiabeticAlertDogs
e are trying to get the kinks in this web page worked out... If you would like to send donations or cards or care packages for Jade or Marley: you may send them to Brittany Potts at P.O. Box 1708 Highlands NC,28741 or you can use paypal directly at [email protected]
We also have a bank account set up at Macon Bank in Highlands NC
The Paypal info says that your donation will be sent to Lauren Potts. I am confirming with everyone that it is me. If you need conformation please dont hesitate to send me an email through this website. Thank you everyone for your continued support!