A D.A.D for Jadeybug

For: Jade (Jadeybug)
Organizer: Brittany Potts
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:

You can learn about Heartland Diabetic Alert Dogs at: 
or check them out on facebook at: 

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 D.A.D4Jadeybug@outlook.com. 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 by Brittany Potts
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 by Brittany Potts
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 by Brittany Potts
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! :) 

Posted on October 3, 2013 by Brittany Potts
Thank you to everyone who came out to The Lost Hiker to support Jade. We are excited to say that we finished paying off Marley! Now we are continuing to raise to be able to afford the care for Marley and hopefully be able to help other children that need a D.A.D. We are so thankful for all of you! Please continue to help us spread Jade's story, raise awareness about Type 1 Diabetes, and help other kids like Jade that need a D.A.D.  

Posted on September 24, 2013 by Brittany Potts
Excited about upcoming fundraisers!! Will give more info as soon as I have it! :)

Posted on September 10, 2013 by Brittany Potts
I also just wanted to say thank you! Thank you to everyone for your support, for sharing our story, for helping us in this journey. I am overwhelmed at how much everyone has wanted to help and how many people who don't even know us have helped us. I am so thankful for each and every one of you. We are at about $13,000 as of right now! We are still working to get to our goal and I am hoping to continue to raise money even after we reach our goal so we can help other families that need a D.A.D. Please continue to share our story so I can raise awareness to everyone about what type 1 diabetes is and what we go through on a day to day basis with Jade and Marley once she gets here! I know Marley is going to be such a blessing and I can't wait to share with all of you our story! Thank you all for your support! 

Posted on September 10, 2013 by Brittany Potts
Happy to report that I took Jade for a check up on September 5th and her A1c level is down a full point! Her A1c level is basically a calculation to tell us how well her diabetes is being managed. An adult with diabetes is recommended to be at or below 7% Jade's doctor is shooting to get her at 8.5 or below for now. That will change as she gets older and after we get the pump. Last time we were at the doctor- her A1c was 9.9% and today it was 8.9%  makes me a very happy mommy that we are getting closer. She also said that Jade is hypoglycemic unaware, which I kinda suspected. It basically means that she has no idea when she's low so we just have to keep a really close eye on her. Another reason why Marley will be so wonderful! Good news is that Jade can grow out of the hypoglycemia unawareness but she also may not- only time will tell. They tried running her high for a few days to see if it would help her to recognize the feeling of a low and it's didn't so she is definitely hypoglycemic unaware. 
So good and bad news but the A1c level makes me happy!

Posted on August 31, 2013 by Brittany Potts
Just wanted to thank everyone who has shown your support. We have raised quite a bit of money but we aren't there yet. I just noticed I don't have her Facebook page on here. Even if you can't donate any money- please go and like her Facebook page to show us support! It's www.facebook.com/aD.A.D4Jadeybug
Will update our total soon... Just wanted to write a quick thank you to everyone and give every one who doesn't have it our Facebook page. Thank you all again for your support! Xoxo 

Posted on August 28, 2013 by Brittany Potts
Thank you to southern belles and everyone who came out and supported us yesterday! I am overwhelmed at the amount of people who have been willing and able to help us! I'm sorry I couldn't be there but the girls were in school And I couldn't take them out. We are so thankful for each and every one of you! 

Posted on August 23, 2013 by Brittany Potts
So lately I have had a lot of people ask me what exactly happened... Why did I suspect diabetes? I honestly was clueless about it. It doesn't run in my family and I of course thought nothing like that would ever happen to me or to one of my children. Jade had been sick throwing up for a few days. I thought nothing of it because I just thought it was a stomach bug. She quickly healed and we went onabout our daily lives. About a month after, I started noticing that she was more cranky, but I shook it off saying that she was 2 and that's all a part of it. The symptoms that really caught my eye was that she would tell me she was thirsty and she would drink all the juice, water, or milk that I gave her and automatically fall to the floor begging for more. She was having accidents all the time and she had been potty trained for a while. It just didn't make sense. The day she was diagnosed, she was acting worse than ever and my mom and I were talking about it. She had mentioned diabetes and so I googled Jades symptoms and freaked out. Took her to the doctor and from there she was hospitalized and we spent 3 days learning how to keep Jade alive with finger pricks and insulin injections. Did it hit me right away? No... I think it was the day after she was diagnosed that she was asleep and I was looking at her. My heart was breaking because I knew that this was something I couldn't fix. I knew that it was something that she would have to deal with for the rest of her life or until there is a cure. The doctors assured me it was nothing I did, but of course at first I kept second guessing wondering if I could have done something different. Was it something I did while I was pregnant? When she was a baby? A million questions were running through my head. I quickly learned it was an autoimmune disease, diabetes doesn't have to run in your family for you to get it and it was nothing I fed her while she was a baby. On the way home from the hospital I had another breakdown. I was angry. I didn't understand why Jade. She's so little and I couldn't grasp why it had to happen to her. I now know that it's because she is an amazing little girl. A fighter who can deal with all of the "extra things" that she will have to do. I'm actually a little mad at myself for ever doubting that she could handle it. Yes I'm afraid of what lies ahead. But I know that I am doing my best to try and give her whatever I can to help her through it all. Marley will be such a blessing. A little bit of comfort and hope through all of the chaos and uncertainty... The prayers and well wishes that she receives on our pages help so much. To know that we have people who care and are "cheering" for us help more then you all know. Thank you for all of your help and prayers. We are so happy to have all of you following our story!

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