Help Adam get his Diabetes Dog

$17,841 of $20k goal

Raised by 283 people in 24 months
Lori Phoenix-Ottobre   TRENTON, NJ
“My friend Morayea wrote this – please take a moment to read and help if at all possible!”

Meet my 7-year-old son Adam. Cute isn’t he?


You wouldn’t know it to see him but he suffers from Juvenile Diabetes. He was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 2 and has been insulin dependent ever since.

How does this affect our lives?

Diabetes impacts everything we do. Unlike Type 2 or Adult Onset which is a metabolic disease, Type 1 is an autoimmune disease; it cannot be managed simply with diet and exercise. Without careful monitoring of his blood sugars, Adam is at risk at any time for serious organ damage, coma, and even death. His diabetes often limits his ability to experience the things other kids take for granted. An ice cream cone, a sleepover, camping trip, even playing outside with his brother and sister.


A diabetes alert dog would change our lives.

This dog could SAVE Adam’s life.

A diabetic alert dog will alert those around Adam whenever his blood sugar levels start to move outside of a safe range. Right now Adam is sent home a lot from school due to high blood sugars. His dog would alert that a change is occurring so his teacher and school nurse could address his needs sooner versus sending him home because his count got too high.

It will also alert us when his sugars fall low. There are times when Adam’s sugars fall so quickly that all of a sudden he doesn’t have the energy to stand. Lows are the scariest and most serious. If not caught in time, his body will just shut down.

We check Adam’s blood sugar throughout the day and night (sleep is a luxury in our house). But, the dog would let me know if in between those checks something was wrong. Type 1 diabetes is unpredictable and his sugars can turn on a dime. A couple of weeks ago even though it hadn’t been that long since his last check, I checked Adam around 2am and he was in the low 40’s; had I not checked him then, he may not have made it through the night.


A diabetes dog would help to change all of this. A diabetes dog would help us all breath easier, relax a bit and worry less.

We are so thankful of anything you can contribute to help us get Adam his life saving dog.

Thank you.
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Update 27
18 months ago
It's been 6 months and as you all know we DID get Adam his dog. Jeff got here last Sunday and is doing an amazing job already. Without all of your help we would not have been able to do this . . . so from the bottom of our hearts. . . thank you! thank you! thank you!!
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Update 26
24 months ago
A special message from Adam :)
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Update 25
24 months ago
Here is the most recent shot of Jeff - Adam's soon-to-be diabetic alert dog! Isn't he the sweetest thing?

Jeff!
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Update 24
24 months ago
Again - thank you all. We are still receiving requests to donate so I have raised the overall goal to $20,000.

'Jeff' is fully funded. He is paid for and in training. Additional funds will be used to get Jeff to us from California, for pet insurance, vet's bills and food and care.

This has been a wonderful experience - and I cannot wait to meet Jeff when he arrives in 6 months!

Thank you again.
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Josh Goldberg
18 months ago

Congratulations to everyone for making this happen. Thank you to Lori for getting this set up and keeping us updated. Good luck to Adam and his family with getting Jeff acclimated to becoming a Pindziak.

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Lori Wood
18 months ago

I am so excited to hear that Adam got his dog!!! Here's hoping I will see them both this summer!!

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Scott Overholt
18 months ago

Funny, I was just thinking about this last night, wondering if Jeff had reported to work yet. Thanks for the update!

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Scott Overholt
24 months ago

Every Adam deserves a friend and angel like Lori Phoenix. Lori, thank you for making me aware, for making me feel so good about contributing, for making us all see that our throw-in made a real difference. I jumped in about 1/3 of the way through, and it looked at the time like a long and daunting distance to get to goal. But it just accelerated and was fun to see it rip toward and exceed $15k every day.

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Tom Flynn
24 months ago

Please everyone support Juvenile Diabetes. Our children depend on us. So please do the right thing :)

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Tom Flynn
24 months ago

Adam you sound like one awesome young man. I wish you the best my friend. You rock :)

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Lori Wood
24 months ago

If you need anyone to speak up for Adam and how fast his Blood sugar drops, I'd gladly step up! Send my love to Adam for me!! I'lll keep him in my heart and root for him!

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Stacey Lytle
24 months ago

Adam, we're rooting for you buddy! We will get you this dog! No worries from you little man, us adults will take care of this!!

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$17,841 of $20k goal

Raised by 283 people in 24 months
Created August 7, 2014
Lori Phoenix-Ottobre     Medical   TRENTON, NJ
AM
$20
Ashley Murphy
24 months ago (Offline Donation)
SC
$50
Susan Cohen
24 months ago (Offline Donation)
$25
Anonymous
24 months ago
$20
Anonymous
24 months ago
KM
$50
Konstantin Mayarovich
24 months ago
$50
Anonymous
24 months ago
RS
$25
Renee and Joe Silberberg
24 months ago
MC
$50
Mindy Chesner
24 months ago
GF
$1,000
Griffin and Family
24 months ago (Offline Donation)

we raised $1,000 with our yard sale - and it all goes to Adam to get Jeff!!!

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PB
$25
Phyllis and Bob
24 months ago

Hi Adam, We are neighbors of your grandmother and we are so happy that you are getting a dog, with Love Phyllis and Bob

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Josh Goldberg
18 months ago

Congratulations to everyone for making this happen. Thank you to Lori for getting this set up and keeping us updated. Good luck to Adam and his family with getting Jeff acclimated to becoming a Pindziak.

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Lori Wood
18 months ago

I am so excited to hear that Adam got his dog!!! Here's hoping I will see them both this summer!!

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Scott Overholt
18 months ago

Funny, I was just thinking about this last night, wondering if Jeff had reported to work yet. Thanks for the update!

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Scott Overholt
24 months ago

Every Adam deserves a friend and angel like Lori Phoenix. Lori, thank you for making me aware, for making me feel so good about contributing, for making us all see that our throw-in made a real difference. I jumped in about 1/3 of the way through, and it looked at the time like a long and daunting distance to get to goal. But it just accelerated and was fun to see it rip toward and exceed $15k every day.

+ Read More
Tom Flynn
24 months ago

Please everyone support Juvenile Diabetes. Our children depend on us. So please do the right thing :)

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Tom Flynn
24 months ago

Adam you sound like one awesome young man. I wish you the best my friend. You rock :)

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Lori Wood
24 months ago

If you need anyone to speak up for Adam and how fast his Blood sugar drops, I'd gladly step up! Send my love to Adam for me!! I'lll keep him in my heart and root for him!

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Stacey Lytle
24 months ago

Adam, we're rooting for you buddy! We will get you this dog! No worries from you little man, us adults will take care of this!!

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