Diabetic Alert Dog for Garner

$14,465 of $16,000 goal

Raised by 153 people in 47 months

Meet Garner. He is 14 and a freshman at Middle Creek High School and runs on the cross country team. He currently runs a 5:36 mile and is getting faster and stronger everyday. Although Garner looks healthy and strong, keeping him alive is a daily concern for his family. Garner was recently diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. When he went to the ER, his blood sugar was over 600 and he had lost 20lbs in about 3 weeks.

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. It occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, called beta cells. While its causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved. Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D, and—at present—nothing you can do to get rid of it.

Before every meal, Garner has to calculate the amount of insulin needed and give himself a shot. There is constant monitoring via finger pricks and his CGM (continuous glucose monitor) that he wears on his stomach. Garner's blood sugar has dropped to dangerous levels in a very short amount of time, for no apparent reason. EVERYTHING affects his blood sugar levels - food, hydration, anxiety, stress, exercise, heat, humidity, growth, hormones, socializing, new surroundings, stimulating environments....the list goes on and on.

Garner and his family recently had the opportunity to meet Diabetic Alert Dog trainer Bill Creasy and Sadie, a 7 month old black lab he is training. Diabetic Alert Dogs (DAD's) are fully trained service dogs for Diabetics. These amazing dogs alert their owners in advance of low (hypoglycemia) or high (hyperglycemia) blood sugar events before they become dangerous, so that their owners may take steps to return their blood sugar levels to normal, such as using glucose sweets or taking insulin. These dogs are specifically trained to react to the chemical change produced by blood sugar highs and lows. Diabetic Alert Dogs can provide emotional security and a sense of balance for individuals and their families. Diabetic Alert Dogs can help their handlers lead a more confident and independent lifestyle. This extensive training takes approximately 18 months and as you can imagine, there is a significant price tag to purchase a fully trained DAD.

During Bill and Sadie's visit, Garner got to see first hand how alerting works. Bill also has diabetes and brought his own personal DAD named Hawk.  Garner's blood sugar began to drop and Hawk got as close as he could to Garner's face and began alerting him. His blood sugar had dropped to 60.

Garner has had several instances where he has slept through the alerts from his monitor when his blood sugar was dropping and his family fears what might happen if he doesn't wake up in time to correct his blood sugar. These moments are very scary not only for Garner but also his family. Garner's family want's to provide all the tools and support they can to make sure Garner stays safe. Sadie will be another monitor for him. Knowing she will provide another set of eyes watching over him will give his family some sense of peace not only now but later when Garner goes out into the world on his own. Together, they have decided that providing Garner with a lifesaving Diabetic Alert Dog is one more line of defense in the fight against T1D.

Please consider making a donation to help provide Garner with his Diabetic Alert Dog, Sadie.  Any amount is greatly appreciated and no donation is too small.

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Friends and Family: We are so close to our goal! We had a wonderful visit from Sadie and Bill this weekend. Sadie has matured and learned so much in the past 5 months since we saw her last. She's such a sweet girl and we loved having her here. She enjoyed sleeping in Garner's room and playing fetch in the yard. She went to soccer and a cookout and met her new doggy sisters. In June, she will come back for a week long stay without Bill. We can't wait!!!
She loves playing fetch!
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Tonight ABC 11 aired Garner's story about T1D and his journey to Sadie. We are so grateful they wanted to do this story and hopefully Garner's story will raise more awareness about this invisible disease along with the benefits of Diabetic Alert Dogs. The link is listed below:
Tonight Garner ran another 5k! It was a gorgeous night.
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WRAL stopped by to use our gofundme success to add to a story they did on gofundme fraud. The beginning of the clip has some footage of Garner and Sadie and Bill. We are really looking forward to see the piece that ABC 11 is doing on Garner and Diabetic Alert Dogs. That will air next Tuesday at 4 pm.
This link below will take you to the WRAL clip.


Garner being interviewed by Caitlin Knute of ABC11.
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We have a BIG week ahead! We were contacted by gofundme last week because Garner's story stood out to them. They asked if we minded if local news media contacted us....I figured that meant a phone call or email....it doesn't. We have news stations coming to our house this week to interview Garner about T1D and our journey to Sadie. Thank God Bill came today and will be here for both interviews with us. Sadie was so happy to see Garner again, and I was happy to see her too, and Bill.
Hoping we can bring more awareness to T1D and help people understand the seriousness of this disease. Also how amazing Diabetic Alert Dogs are and what a useful , lifesaving tool they can be. We are so grateful for each of you and your donations have pushed us over 9k towards Sadie! Thank you so very much! ❤️Lisa
Reunited! Sadie and Garner
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$14,465 of $16,000 goal

Raised by 153 people in 47 months
Created September 4, 2015
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Clifton Haskins
38 months ago
Donna Jean
38 months ago
Grammy and Granddaddy West
39 months ago (Offline Donation)
Nancy Simpson
44 months ago

Garner, you are an amazing young man! I wish you only the best!

Brittney Birch
44 months ago
Maxine Garner
44 months ago (Offline Donation)

For my great grandson ❤️

Elaine Bahr
45 months ago

Can't WAIT to see pictures of this sweet PUP! So proud of you Garner! Much love to you and your fabulous family! xoxo

45 months ago (Offline Donation)
stephen sparkman
45 months ago
Karin Beerhorst
45 months ago

with love from Joyce, Ronnie, Eddie&Hetty and Dennis, Karin & Kids

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