Dogs 4 Type 1 Diabetics

$2,601 of $10k goal

Raised by 53 people in 16 months
Matt Kreines
on behalf of Jennifer Kreines
 CINCINNATI, OH
In 2012, at the age of 12, I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Initially, I was scared and thought that I wouldn’t be able to live a normal life, including hanging with my twin brother Alex or playing sports, and I also feared that my friends would treat me differently. Three years later – boy was I wrong! I am now a sophomore at Seven Hills High School, I’ve been an ambassador for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), a school senator, and I am lucky to have a great group of friends. I also play goalie on an AAA hockey team and play lacrosse for both my school team and the Cincinnati Royals. Through my school, the students each pick a challenge project where they do volunteer work in the community. For my project, I wanted to do something close to my heart, so I chose to help raise awareness for Type 1 diabetes, as well as the positive effects that having a service dog can have in assisting those with diabetes.

Diabetic Alert Dogs help their human partners maintain better control over their blood sugar levels, leading to improved short- and long-term health. My goal is to help teens in Cincinnati obtain Diabetic Alert Dogs. I am raising money to help Circle Tail, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides service and hearing dogs to people with disabilities, get another Diabetic Alert puppy and defray the cost of training, food and veterinary costs. It takes about two years to train a diabetic service dog before it can be placed with a family. All service dogs/diabetic alert dogs are donated to a person in need free of charge by Circle Tail. Trakr is our first puppy.
Trakr will be trained to alert an individual with diabetes when their blood sugar level is too low. Trakr was named after the 9/11 rescue dog who helped find and save survivors out of the ruins of the world trade center. Thank you for your help in raising money for this cause and helping make a difference!
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Update 4
Posted by Matt Kreines
8 months ago
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This past week I helped out at Circle Tail with my twin brother Alex and my Aunt Leslie.
During our visit, we met their two newest puppies Rikka (Left) and Jaylah (Right) that will hopefully be trained as Diabetic Alert Dogs. We played with the two puppies and we learned great tips on dog training from Marlys Staley the Executive Director of Circle Tail. I was able to work with Rey (Bottom) on the command “Heel.” We were also shown the latest scent training equipment that they are using at Circle Tail.

It was a great day!
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Update 3
Posted by Matt Kreines
11 months ago
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Hello Everyone! I would like to introduce you to Garret. He is the latest addition to the Circle Tail family. Hopefully he will work with a Diabetic in the future!
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Update 2
Posted by Matt Kreines
15 months ago
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Trakr is howling with excitement! We've raised $1,000 so far! Thank you to all who have donated. Please remember to share!
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Update 1
Posted by Matt Kreines
15 months ago
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Thank you everyone for your donations! Please remember to spread the word!
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$2,601 of $10k goal

Raised by 53 people in 16 months
Created December 23, 2015
Matt Kreines  
on behalf of Jennifer Kreines
$25
Joanne Elliott
8 months ago
ED
$25
Ellen Devlin
8 months ago

Wishing you all the best, Matt in your important work. Ellen

$50
Anonymous
10 months ago
$200
Anonymous
10 months ago
JE
$25
Joanne Elliott
11 months ago
$25
Anonymous
11 months ago
ED
$25
Ellen Devlin
11 months ago

Matt, I admire your devotion to this important cause. I hope many support your efforts. Ellen

RG
$25
Roberta Gallagher
11 months ago

Matt, I so support the work you are doing. It's wonderful and I'm sure both humans and dogs will be rewarded by your efforts.

SD
$250
Susan Van Dolsen
11 months ago
DT
$20
Diane Torstrup
14 months ago
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