A D.A.D for Jadeybug

For: Jade (Jadeybug)
Organizer: Brittany Potts
$21,130
of $28,000 goal.
Raised by 41 donors
75% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

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!

please follow our story on Facebook! It's www.facebook.com/aD.A.D4Jadeybug

If you aren't aware of what Type 1 diabetes is please check out some facts at:
http://jdrf.org/about-jdrf/fact-sheets/type-1-diabetes-facts/


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


W
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!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on January 11, 2014

Posted on January 11, 2014

Great news!! Marley will be here in a WEEK!! Yay!!! We are so excited! Thank you so much to everyone who has donated and given us support through all of this! Many more pictures will be added and stories to follow once she gets here! If you're not already please go and like our Facebook page and follow our story there! Sometimes it gets updated more often than this one! Thank you again so much to everyone... We are thrilled! 
See you soon Marley!! 

Posted on December 2, 2013

Posted on December 2, 2013

Boy have I had some sick baby girls on my hands! Croup, bronchitis, and walking pneumonia are no fun! Just now being able to get back into the swing of things and hopefully get caught up with the fundraiser and get ready for MARLEY!!! :) We can't wait! Because of Jade being so sick, her numbers have been all over the place! Had a lot of scary lows which makes me even more anxious to get Marley! Please continue to share our story! We are continuing to work hard towards our goal! :) thank you all for your support! We can't tell you how much it means to us! 

Posted on October 30, 2013

Posted on October 30, 2013

Sorry I have been gone for a bit- My husband and I got married and went out of town for our honeymoon. It was so hard to leave, but I knew that Jade would be well taken care of. My mom has been learning about diabetes right along with me so she took good care of Jade. I am now getting back into the swing of things- waking up at 2 and 4, counting carbs, giving shots, checking BG and practicing with Jades insulin pump so she can hopefully get it on permanately next week! I am so excited and I can't wait for no more shots! I am told that Marley is doing really well and we are looking forward to the day when she can finally be home! :) We are still fundraising and I will be starting that back to be able to care for Marley when we get her. I am hoping that I will have enough and I will be able to help some other families that desperately need a D.A.D. Thank you all for your continued support! :) 

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