An Alert Dog For Ryan

My son Ryan is 8 years old. On December 9th 2013 he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. He now is insulin dependent and receives 7 shots per day and 12 pokes for accu checks ( checking his blood sugar). Ryan's blood sugar is not yet controlled and his medication dosage changes almost daily. His blood drops dangerously low throughout the day but mainly at night while he sleeps, which is the worst possible time because it is the most dangerous for him due to the fact that he ( and everyone in the house) is asleep. Ryan also has extreme highs with his blood sugar as well. The reason for the fundraising is so that we can get Ryan a D.A.D, a diabetic assist dog. Ryan's endocrinologist suggested the dog because of the lack of control in his blood sugars. The dog will alert Ryan and us if his blood sugar is getting low or high. The dogs are trained to alert Ryan to eat if he is low or take his shot if high. There are a million reasons why I believe this is needed but one is that Ryan lives in fear everyday, we live in fear everyday. We wake up praying our son is still alive. The dog will give Ryan and the family much needed peace of mind. The cost of the dog is 16000. The family will also need traveling expenses because we will need to fly to Texas to Dreys alert dogs to pickup the dog and spend three days there learning how the dog alerts and being trained on do's and dont's of an assist dog.
I never thought I would be in this position, never thought my child would need a assist dog, never thought I'd be doing fundraisers for him but this is our new reality and I am determined to give my son his life back, his security back and I have spent hours, days, weeks researching these dogs and Drey's organization and I believe with my entire soul that this will change my sons life. Thank you in advance for supporting Ryan, words will never express our gratitude. God Bless.


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Melissa Denham-Chmura 
Ida, MI
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