James is 8 years old. Two years ago he was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes. Type I diabetes is an incurable, life-threatening disease in which the pancreas does not produce insulin.
James relies on a pump, which he must wear all day, every day. He endures 10-15 finger pricks per day to check his blood sugar and receives multiple injections of insulin.
James cannot eat a single bite of food without asking, he cannot go anywhere alone and he needs to be checked several times a night.
We are raising money so James’ family can buy him a service dog. Roman, a chocolate lab, can detect high and low blood sugar levels.
Roman will cost the family $7000. My goal is to raise a minimum of $500.
Imagine if your child had a condition in which he could die at any moment because his blood sugar went too high or too low. You send him off to school, he’s out of your sight and you don’t know what’s going on. You put him to bed at night, but you can’t sleep because you check him constantly throughout the dark hours. He wants go on a school trip, but how will he get care if his blood sugar goes too high?
Now, imagine your child has a service dog that knows before you, before your child, before you check his sugar level. You feel more secure, your child can be more independent. Your child can have a chance at a more normal childhood.
Please come tomorrow and show your support by bringing a friend and just being there. James’ mom, Shari, will be working out with us!
Saturday, March 21
P.S. Jamie Gunderman, with Premier Designs Jewelery, will be with us and proceeds from sales will be donated! Easter and Mother’s Day are just around the corner!