The Problem: Severe (Nonverbal) Autism + Juvenile Diabetes
Because Jack is nonverbal and cannot tell us how he feels, it is incredibly difficult to manage his blood sugar. We do our best, but we can’t monitor and test him every second, so he is always at risk of dangerously high or low blood sugar levels that could be life-threatening. We live in a constant state of hypervigilance and worry.
The Solution: A Diabetic Alert Dog
There is a solution: a diabetic alert dog, specially trained to smell blood sugar fluctuations and to alert whenever there’s a problem. We urgently need one of these dogs to keep Jack safe, but they are very expensive, more than we can afford on our salaries as a nurse and a teacher. Jack’s dog will cost $18,000– the cost includes regular dog training, diabetic alert training, 3 days of in-home training for us with the dog, dog care, food, veterinary care/vaccinations, licensing and other documentation, equipment and supplies, and travel costs for the dog and the person bringing her home to us.
We have ordered the dog and she is being trained. We gave Jack a choice of 4 possible names and he pointed to the name Lucy, so Lucy it is!
Now we just have to find a way to pay for Lucy by June 1 so we can bring her home.
Will You Help?
Even if you are not able to donate, there are many things you can do– learn how you can help here. Thank you in advance for any help and support you can give us!
To learn more about us, you can read the article and view the video from local news station WGRZ here. Many thanks to WGRZ’s Ron Plants for sharing our story!
Niagara Gazette’s Michele Deluca also did a wonderful story about us– you can read it here. And when a local couple heard about our need, they responded and decided to donate a painting toward our efforts– we’re working now to get it appraised. Michele did a follow-up about their generosity, read more here. Thanks so much Michele for your help!