(Peyton and her 4 siblings)

 

Peyton’s Story

On July 17th , 2018 it will be 5 years since Peyton was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, a life threatening auto immune disease where her body’s own immune system attacked and destroyed the insulin producing cells of the pancreas, leaving her body insulin-dependent for life. The weeks leading up to her diagnoses were difficult. We had little knowledge about the disease and did not recognize all the “warning signs” associated with it. Peyton had become irritable and withdrawn from her siblings. She was frail and weak due to her body being in starvation mode and not receiving any nutrients.

I carried our birthday girl…it was her 6th birthday…into the doctor’s office and her numbers were off the meter! The doctor said the words I will never forget, “Peyton has Type 1 Diabetes!” Tears rolling down my face I knew her little life was going to change forever! Of course, little did I know how much it was about to change. I immediately took her to the ER while he called to tell them we were on our way. I rushed her into the hospital and they started a fluid and insulin IV. She was picked up by ambulance and taken a couple hours away to a specialized pediatric hospital trained in care for diabetic pediatric patients. She spent a few days in the hospital and we spent that time learning how to calculate ratios and inject her with insulin. Leaving the hospital I felt as if I was bringing her home as a newborn all over again! Her life, and mine, consists of constant sugar monitoring, carb counting, pump site changes, Dexcom site changes, late night checks, phone calls, clinics and more. Through it all she has been so brave and I could not be more proud of her and love her even more today! We are so grateful her life was spared!

The task of checking Peyton’s blood sugar levels is easy compared to constant concern that Peyton’s blood sugars may go too low or too high. Her target blood sugar range is 80-140 during the day and 100-180 at night. However, at any given time, her blood sugar may be 60 or lower and then make its way up to 350 or greater. It’s nearly impossible to keep this tight control. So many factors influence blood sugar levels such as growth hormones, stress, illness, activity, exercise, sleep, food, and even the weather! High blood sugar can lead to many very serious long-term complications from heart and blood vessel disease, to neuropathy, nephropathy, eye damage, foot damage, and skin and mouth conditions. Low blood sugar can cause more immediate dangers, like loss of consciousness, seizures, a coma, and even death because brain cells do not have enough sugar to function. It is because of these and many more dangers that we would like for her to have a diabetic alert dog.

Peyton’s Diabetic Alert Dog will be specially-trained to tell Peyton when her blood sugar is about to go within that life-threatening range before any device, without pricking her fingers! The service dog will even alert Peyton and us while we are asleep to let us know when her blood sugar levels are going too low or too high. With a service dog, we would also not fear blood sugar highs or lows when she is playing soccer, going to school, going to sleep at night or while she is growing up. With this dog, Peyton will be able to confidently live an independent life.

Peyton’s service dog will be professionally trained. Trainers with decades of experience in scent and obedience training conduct all training from puppyhood through maturity. This scent dog recognizes trace amounts of an odor associated with high and low blood-glucose levels. This early detection of changing blood sugars can reduce the occurrence of extreme lows and extreme highs.

The alert dog will notify Peyton when her blood sugar level drops or rises by barking, pawing, and being animated until the situation is mitigated. Her Alert Service Dog will be protected by Federal Law (Americans with Disabilities Act) – and have full access to public places and commercial transportation without restrictions or additional fees. Wherever Peyton goes, the dog will be there too!

Peyton is a strong, brave, kind, adventurous and loving girl. She is one of the best parts of our family of 7 and we are so thankful for her! Our whole family supports Peyton 100%. We want her to know that her life has a purpose and that is to be a light in our world. We want Peyton to live a life as normal and healthy as possible, and limit life threatening situations. The alert service dog will help her do this. We are so grateful for your love and support!

Please put Peyton’s name in the “donation for” box to ensure the donation goes into her account.

Checks can be made out to and mailed to: ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE

Canines of Hope

4911 Schneider Rd.

Ann Arbor, Mi 48103

Thank you,

The Bruce Family

Peyton with Ellie and “Poppy”.  Ellie is helping Peyton raise the money for a Diabetic Alert Dog just as the community did for her. Ellie can’t wait to see her best friend paired with a live saving dog just as she has been blessed with.

Dear Friends and Family,

This year we are raising $12,000 for a Diabetic Alert Dog for Vincent H. Davis who has Type One Diabetes. He was diagnosed at seventeen and is now forty-four. It has been a long and daily struggle, sometimes even an hourly one with the permanent disability.

People with Type 1 Diabetes can’t get energy from the food they eat. Their pancreas doesn’t work at all, and they are insulin dependent for the rest of their lives. Vincent has to prick his fingers to test her blood sugar up to 10 times a day. Also, diabetes can cause irreparable damage to major internal organs causing us to live in daily fear. Though we have used many therapies and treatments including a glucose monitor, they aren’t always accurate and 100% reliable. This is why Vincent needs a Diabetic Alert Dog. These dogs are trained to sense blood sugar highs/lows, alert someone else to call 911 in an emergency, and retrieve vital resources like glucose tabs, juice, and insulin when Vincent is feeling too weak. A service dog would mean no longer living in fear of Vincent falling into a diabetic coma in his sleep, no more fear of long work days, and the peace of mind we need.

Canines of Hope is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.  You will receive a receipt in the mail or via your PayPal receipt online.

Donations can be made via Paypal or by mail: Simply put Vincent’s name in the ‘donation for’ box on our website or mail your check to the address below.

Canines of Hope

4911 Schneider Rd.

Ann Arbor, Mi 48103

www.caninesofhope.org

 

 

My name is Kody Settles and I have Type 1 diabetes. This means that my pancreas stopped working. I am now insulin dependent and have to count all the carbohydrates in the food I eat. I give myself insulin with an injection or insulin pump for the amount of carbohydrates that I am eating. I was diagnosed September 24, 2014. I am currently 11 years old and I am student in the 6th grade at Clinton Middle School. I learned I was Type 1 when I was in the 4th grade. I told my mom that I was thirsty all the time and had to use the bathroom often. My mom took me to the doctor and they checked my blood sugar and it would not even register on the meter, all it would say was HIGH. My doctor immediately sent me to the hospital. My mom brought me to U of M, we had all kinds of things running through our head. I was admitted right away and told that I had Type 1 Diabetes. When I was placed in a room I was given a bunch of information and my “training” began. I had to learn how to check my blood sugar and give myself shots. I practiced on a stuffed animal first before actually giving myself a shot. We learned all about carbohydrates and the seriousness of diabetes. I have been living with diabetes for over 2 years now. I have struggled with how my life used to be before having diabetes. I miss begin able to have a snack or eat food without having to check my blood sugar and given myself insulin. I always have to be aware of my blood sugar levels and have to carry my kit and supplies with me at all times. My blood sugar changes 24/7 and I have to be aware of it or I could pass out, or go too high and have other health issues. When in school, I not only have to concentrate on my studies, but have to be aware of my blood sugar, because when I am too low or too high it affects my mood and ability to think clearly. I deal with a lot of things that other kids don’t have to consider and feel that the addition of a diabetic alert dog will assist me with helping me keep my blood sugar levels in a safe range and help with some of the daily struggles that I face.

As Kody’s parents we feel that the addition of a diabetic alert dog would greatly assist Kody and our family. Due to Kody being a very active young boy his diabetes can make it difficult to manage his levels. We encourage Kody to continue his love for the outdoors and sports and not let diabetes control his life.

At times his levels can go low or high for unknown reasons, which is very scary. His nighttime blood sugar levels can change quickly and we have to check him, often multiple times a night, to make corrections to his levels or give him a snack to get him within a safe level. This is very exhausting at times, but you have no choice but to keep him safe. With the addition of a diabetic alert dog it is just one more step in keeping Kody safe.

It’s because of the dogs amazing scenting abilities that they can detect the change in blood sugar levels in humans. They are trained to not only recognize the change, but react to the change, as well.  That reaction, in real time, helps us know when a change is actively happening and to treat Kody’s blood sugar.  To a diabetic, that real-time reaction can be crucial. This fact alone could help him gain the confidence, security, and independence he needs to lead a more balanced life.

***Note from Canines of Hope***
You can make a donation by clicking the “Donate Now” button on the Canines of Hope homepage.  Please be sure that you put Kody Settles in the “Dontaion For” box.  ALL donations are Tax deductible and you can print your PayPal receipt for your tax purposes.  Paypal no longer provides us with an address to mail receipts.
Checks can also be mailed to:
Canines of Hope
4911 Schneider Rd.
Ann Arbor, Mi 48103
Kody Settles in the memo line please.
  
Hi! My name is Gavin! I am 4 years old and I’ll be 5 on January 24th!  I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 3 years old in march 1st 2015. I was very sick, drinking, going to the bathroom a lot, not eating,  and losing weight. My mom and dad knew something want right and took me to the ER. That is when they told us that I was diabetic and my sugar was over 1000!
We were so scared not knowing anything but we learned everything before we could leave the hospital.  I am insulin dependent and will not grow out of it. I started off doing shots and I check my blood sugar often, before every meal and sometimes in the middle of the night.   In September 2015 i started pumping.  Sometimes I can’t feel when my blood sugars are high or low.  My family is starting this new journey in hopes to get a Diabetic Alert Dog that can sense, smell, and alert us when I my blood sugars are dropping low or going too high. We’re asking for all your help to share and help donate to make this possible for us.
Thank you so much!
Myers family
***Note from Canines of Hope***
You can make a donation by clicking the “Donate Now” button on the Canines of Hope homepage.  Please be sure that you put Gavin Myers in the “Dontaion For” box as we are currently working with 2 families with boys named Gavin.  ALL donations are Tax deductible and you can print your PayPal receipt for your tax purposes.  Paypal no longer provides us with an address to mail receipts.
Checks can also be sent to:
Canines of Hope
4911 Schneider Rd.
Ann Arbor, Mi 48103
Gavin Myers in the memo line please.
Thank you!

  

Hi! I’m Elijah Bubb and I am 6 years old. I live in Michigan with my Dad, Mom, sister and little brother. Last year I was so excited to start Kindergarten because I love to learn new things. School was going great but I was not feeling myself. I was really crabby and tired. Mom noticed that I was going to the bathroom a lot and was drinking a lot of water. I was also hungry right after I ate and was losing weight. We thought I was just growing and was having a hard time adjusting to my new school schedule.

On Halloween mom knew something just was not right so the next day she checked to see if I had sugar in my pee(heehee). I did! She knew what that meant so we borrowed my uncle’s diabetes kit to check my sugar. The glucose meter just said “HIGH” which meant it was so high that it could not tell us a number. This meant my body was not producing insulin to take care of the sugar in my body.

We found out that I have Type 1 Diabetes, that means my pancreas no longer produces insulin. Without insulin the sugar cannot get into my cells to turn into energy and feed my body. The sugar goes into my bloodstream and then I get rid of it when I go to the bathroom.

Since my body does not make insulin I have to get shots of insulin every time I eat and whenever my sugar is too high. When my sugar gets high it can hurt my body and I won’t grow the way I need to.

I also have to check my sugar at least 5 times a day by poking my finger and putting it on a test strip. This used to hurt a lot and I would scream and cry. Now, I am super brave and poke myself to check my sugar.

The doctors say that I will have to do this the rest of my life and that people do not usually “grow out” of Type 1 Diabetes. When I get older the doctors say I will know what it feels like when my sugar is high or low, but I have no idea right now. If it goes below 70 it can be very dangerous for me, I could even die. Mom and Dad said we are trying to raise money so I can get a Diabetic Alert Dog. These dogs are trained service animals and are awesome! The dog can actually smell when my sugar is high or low, it then alerts me or an adult that something is not right.

It is really scary when I don’t feel my low blood sugar, sometimes I can’t even move my body it is so low. The Diabetic Alert Dog will tell us up to 20 minutes before my Continuous Glucose Monitor(CGM)) will, this can be the difference of life and death.

I really hope we can raise enough money so I can get a Diabetic Alert Dog and feel a little more normal.

All donations made through PayPal or via check to Canines of Hope are 100% Tax deductible.  You can use your PayPal receipt for tax receipt purposes for donations made via PayPal directly on www.caninesofhope.org simply click the “Donate Now” button and please be sure to put my name Elijah Bubb into the “Donation For” box.

Please send checks payable to:

Canines of Hope

4911 Schneider Rd.

Ann Arbor, Mi 48103

Or pay here using Paypal http://caninesofhope.org/

All donations are tax deductible, YAY!

Thank you for caring!

Elijah Bubb and Family

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My name is Elijah Emery and I am 13 years old. I got diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in May, 2014, on the last day of school. I was at home with my older sister when she noticed that something was wrong. She called my mom who rushed me to the hospital. I was unresponsive and was in full blown DKA (Diabetic ketoacidosis: a serious complication of diabetes that occurs when your body produces high levels of blood acids called ketones). My body was turning purple, my organs were shutting down, and I was dying. I spent 3 days in ICU.
Diabetes has totally changed my life. Every day I live with the reality that I can wind up in the hospital, or dead, if I don’t manage it correctly. Although I am good at managing my diabetes, I can’t always tell if my blood sugar is high or low and there are times when I have been in the 30’s and I didn’t even know it.
I believe a Diabetic Alert Dog could save my life. It would make me and my family feel a lot safer. It would be like having a guardian angel with me.
Thank you so much to Canines of Hope and all of the people who help me raise enough money to finally have a Diabetic Alert Dog in my life.
~Elijah Emery

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My name is Lesley and I am Elijah’s mom. I have always referred to Elijah as “my joy.” Each one of our children is special in their own unique ways. Elijah was a hummer. As a little boy, he would hum and hum and I knew he was happy.
Elijah is a son, a big brother, a little brother, a friend, a grandson, a nephew, a cousin. He’s a lacrosse player. He plays the cello and he’s a great student. He is a strong, young man with a tender heart who feels deeply as he moves through life.
Elijah was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in May, 2014. He was 12. He had stayed home from school that day because we thought he had the flu. It was his older sister who called me to say that something was horribly wrong with Elijah. When I looked at him, we knew we were not dealing with the flu. When I arrived with Elijah at the hospital, he was unresponsive, turning purple and his chest was heaving as he gasped for air. I carried Elijah like a baby into the emergency room at St. Ann’s Hospital and the woman at the intake desk took one look at him and asked me, “Does he have diabetes?”
I said, “No, we thought he had the flu.”
Dr.’s swarmed him, checked his blood sugar and confirmed he had Type 1 Diabetes and that he was in DKA. With a blood sugar over 800, we were told he was turning purple because his organs were shutting down and that his whole body was working to keep his brain and heart alive. Our entire family was shocked trying to understand what was happening. He was transferred to Columbus Children’s Hospital where he stayed in ICU.
The doctors tended Elijah and educated us on what was happening as well as helping us identify signs leading up to this very, horrible day. It was all making sense: mood swings, occasional bed wetting, lethargy, throwing up, being treated for strep throat a month earlier. We thanked God for His care of Elijah and for the wisdom and knowledge of the doctors.
When we left Children’s Hospital with our 61 pound 12 ½ year old with T1D and a load of diabetic supplies, I was overwhelmed and terrified. I was asking myself, “Are we all smart enough to keep our boy alive? Can we do this?”
A lot of prayer and the support of Children’s Hospital, family, friends got us through those first months and continue to get us through. Elijah’s life was changed forever that day, yes, but he is still the same amazing young man he has always been. He perseveres in highs, lows, good times and bad, happy or sad. He has good friends he keeps near to him and if kids are unkind toward him because of his diabetes, he never gives up. He has learned to work through the grief, sadness, depression, fear, anxiety that comes with having his life turned upside down. I admire him every day.
Our whole family is educated on living with diabetes and we all support Elijah. Elijah’s 21 year old brother knows what it feels like to check his blood glucose. Elijah’s 10-year-old brother knows how to mix and administer glucagon if he needs to save his brother’s life. His older sister already saved his life once and keeps a watchful eye when she needs to. Elijah’s dad, step-father and I all keep an eye out, assisting Elijah in his management. I’m sometimes asked, “What is your biggest fear for my T1D son?” That’s easy: What will happen if no one is around to assist Elijah, to help him identify if something seems off or to remind him to check his BG when he forgets?
There are many times Elijah has checked his BG and he has been in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. He looks at me as I’m panicked and says, “Mom, I didn’t even “feel it.” I couldn’t even tell I was going low.” These are words I dread hearing from my social, active, becoming-more-and more-independent every day, soon-to-be high schooler. I won’t always be there. Someone won’t always be there. It’s terrifying until I think about Elijah having a Diabetic Alert Dog. A “guardian angel” Elijah calls it. These dogs have saved other peoples’ lives and I know one could save Elijah’s life. Just the thought of having a DAD has changed Elijah’s perspective for his future and his personal safety. A DAD doesn’t take the place of Elijah’s every day management and care, but I can now picture him at lacrosse practice, his dog watching over him, being safe. I can now picture him in college, never having to be alone in his dorm room with a life threatening low. I can feel the same peace for his young future that I do when I envision his siblings’ futures because I can picture him safe.
If I could take Type 1 Diabetes away from Elijah and give it to myself, I would in a heartbeat. Any parent would, but we can’t. Yes, diabetes will always be a part of Elijah’s life, but with management and the extra care of a “guardian angel” (aka: Diabetic Alert Dog) with him, he will not let it control him.
Elijah just broke 100 pounds and has grown to 5’1 ½” tall. He’s who he has always been, just with T1D. He’s a beautiful person and he’s a fighter. He’s patiently waiting to meet his new best friend and “guardian angel” in the Diabetic Alert Dog divinely appointed for him. We are thankful to Canines of Hope and every single person who reads Elijah’s story and helps him get one step closer to his dog. His heart has joy as he hums, and the hearts of all of us who love him have peace.
If you would like to make a donation to help Elijah, you can use the PayPal link on the homepage of Canines of Hope webpage. Simply put Elijah Emery in the “donation for” box and that will allow all donations made in his honor to go directly towards payment for his Diabetic Alert Dog.*** ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE .*** You will get a receipt confirming your PayPal donation or you can email Canines of Hope to request a receipt:
Email: caninesofhope@gmail.com.

You also have the option to mail a donation, with Elijah Emery in the memo line, to: Canines of Hope
4911 Schneider Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103 (Checks payable to Canines of Hope).

Thank you so much for caring.

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Kaydin Robley is a 5 year old (almost 6 as she would be sure to tell you!) who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 4. She lives with her mom, dad, and older brother, Nolan. She will be graduating preschool in May and will be starting Kindergarten in the fall!
Kaydin is a happy, fun-loving, and vibrant little girl who has not let this invisible disability bring her down! She loves to play outside and ride her bike, but does this all in her dresses and skirts with her makeup on! She is a little girl who has an infectious laugh and can always make you smile!
Kaydin was diagnosed with T1D in May of last year. It was her last week of preschool. She had strep throat the week prior and just couldn’t get to feeling good. She was drinking very large amounts of water and going to the bathroom very frequently. We just knew “something wasn’t right.” I called her pediatrician and was asked to bring her in that day. That’s the day our world was turned upside down! Her blood sugar ended up being 720 by blood draw because the meter just read “high.” We were immediately sent to Children’s Hospital in Omaha, NE where we spent three days learning how to care for our daughter! Those three days were the start of our constant worry and emotional roller coasters. We were so overwhelmed with the amount of information we were receiving just to keep her safe! We had to remain strong for Kaydin, as she was the run who had to be poked and prodded! She is an amazing little girl who took this better than any of us!
Kaydins new routine started off as getting her finger poked a minimum of 8 times a day, including midnight and 3am, along with 4 insulin injections a day. As of December, we were able to get her an insulin pump, which had cut out her insulin injections daily. We still her up at least twice a night to check on her to make sure she is ok! We deal with many highs and lows of blood sugars on a daily basis!
We are raising funds to get a diabetic alert dog (DAD) for Kaydin. These dogs are trained specifically to react to the chemical change produced by high and low blood sugars. There are no breaks or vacations with T1D. It is daily carb counting, insulin dosing, and finger poking. It is a constant worry if her activity or eating is going to make her go too high or drop too low! Having this companion for Kaydin will not cure her, but it will help give us some piece of mind as well as helping Kaydin gain some independence.
This service dog is $20,000. This included the training for a year or more, the care he/she receives during training, and the delivery. We appreciate any support! To donate to help Kaydin get her life saving companion, please visit the Canines of Hope Homepage and be sure to type Kaydin Robley in the “donation for” box. You will get a tax receipt mailed to you by the end of the year. **ALL DONATIONS MADE THROUGH CANINES OF HOPE ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE.
You can also mail a payment (checks payable to Canine of Hope with Kaydin Robley in the memo line) to
Canines of Hope
          4911 Schneider Rd
         Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Thank you so much for reading Kaydin’s story! We look forward to sharing our journey with you!
Nick, Desi, Nolan, and Kaydin Robley
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Andrew Peck is a daddy, a son, a friend, and he is my husband and best friend. If you know Andrew, you know that he is kind, loyal, patient, hard working and gentle. This fundraiser is for him.

Andrew was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at 12 years old. From that time, he has diligently worked to maintain his health. Checking his blood sugar – a lot. Insulin injections. Working out and playing sports. Eating healthy. Regular visits to an endocrinologist. No matter how dedicated a type 1 diabetic may be to maintaining their health, diabetes just isn’t predictable. It doesn’t always seem to play by the rules.

We don’t often discuss the scary events that have occurred due to Andrew’s diabetes. I don’t often voice my fears. It’s certainly uncomfortable to open those things up in order to receive help from others. But, I can’t expect people to understand our need for help without giving at least a glimpse into the scary side of things.

In in middle school, Andrew went on a trip with his 8th grade class to Washington DC. He loves history. But most of what he got to see was the ICU of their Children’s Hospital. He was sick, with what everyone assumed was a stomach bug. Perhaps it started as that. He was brought back to his hotel room and the teacher checked in on him. The last time his teacher came to make sure he was doing alright is when she found Andrew unconscious on the bathroom floor. He was rushed to the hospital where they explained that he was in ketoacidosis. His mom flew from Missouri to Washington DC to be with him. He doesn’t remember much of those few days. He recalls not knowing what day it was. Losing so much weight that his classmates didn’t recognize him. Part of the ambulance ride. They took great care of him and he was released in time to come home with his class, but what a trip!

Fast forward to our married life. This is perhaps the scariest low blood sugar episode we have experienced together…I woke up to Andrew’s elbows or knees in my back. I’m the bed hog, so this was odd. Annoyed, I moved and went back to sleep. I don’t know how much time passed before I woke up again and rolled over. Andrew was still hogging the bed. I looked at his face. Eyes wide open. Maybe I told him to scoot over. I really don’t remember. But I quickly figured out that something was not right. Andrew was not responding. He wasn’t moving. He wasn’t talking. He couldn’t. At the time, we lived with Andrew’s parents. In my panic I couldn’t get the glucometer to work, so I ran to get them. We checked his blood sugar…LOW. The meter goes as low as 25, at least. We know because that has been one of Andrew’s results before. LOW meant it was lower than that. Too low to give a number. The paramedics came and began an IV with medication to raise his blood sugar. He does not remember any of this. I do. What if I didn’t wake up in time? What if it happens again and I don’t wake up in time? I know the answer to my questions. But I don’t like to think about that answer. Saying it or typing it might be worse.

I wake Andrew up most nights and ask him if his blood sugar is ok. Some nights one of our girls wakes up and I am thankful because it wakes us, and Andrew ends up checking his blood. I pray often about about Andrew’s blood sugar levels.

It’s not fun to type that stuff out. But I hope it gives you a small glimpse into our world and the roller coaster that is diabetes. We are raising funds to help get a diabetic alert dog (DAD) for Andrew. These dogs are trained intensively for a year or more in order to sense the scent change that occurs when a diabetic’s blood sugar is headed in a dangerous direction. The dogs then alert the diabetic to check their blood sugar. They can also seek help and retrieve items needed to treat high and low blood sugar. These service dogs cost $20,000. This cost includes the dog as well as a year or more of intensive training, the dogs care while being trained, and delivery and handler training.

This is about more than getting a dog. This is about doing everything we can do to keep my husband, my best friend, my girls’ daddy safe and healthy. We appreciate any support! Please feel free to ask me questions. We will be working to raise funds in many ways and we hope to be able to pay it forward and help other families receive a diabetic alert dog, too!

To donate to help us raise money for Andrew’s life saving Diabetic Alert Dog, please visit the Canines of Hope Homepage and be sure to type Andrew Peck in the “donation for” box.  Canines of Hope will mail out tax receipts before the end of the year.

You can also mail donations to: Canines of Hope, 4911 Schneider Rd., Ann Arbor, Mi 48103 (checks payable to Canines of Hope, Andrew Peck in the memo line)

 

Thank you so much for your support!  We look forward to sharing our journey with you!

The Peck Family

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Meet Jayden!

Jayden is 9 years old and lives with his mother, father and 4 year old brother. He is an active young man who enjoys playing baseball and basketball, loves riding his four-wheeler, boating, riding go-carts, and playing in the dirt and mud with his trucks and tractors. The dirtier he gets, the better he likes it! Jayden is a good student in the 3rd grade and loves learning. Jayden also has Type 1 Diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas. Over time the body in unable to produce its own insulin and has no way of getting rid of excess sugar. The sugar builds up in the body and levels become so high the person may develop Diabetic Ketoacidosis or DKA. DKA can lead to coma or death. Currently, there is no cure for Type 1 Diabetes, which means that in order to survive he is completely dependent on receiving insulin through injections.

In October 2014, Jayden started to get very tired and irritable. He was always thirsty for water and started having accidents at night which never happened. I called his pediatrician and they requested we come into the office where they checked his blood sugar. Soon after, they took me into a room alone and told me my son had diabetes and I needed to take Jayden straight to the hospital emergency room. They had already been notified of our impending arrival. So, with just the clothes on our back, off we were on what seemed the longest ride of my life. All Jayden wanted to do was eat and go home. On October 22, 2014, just one month after turning 8 years old, Jayden was admitted to Mercy St. Johns Pediatric Intensive Care Unit with Type 1 Diabetes.

Jayden’s blood sugar had been over 500 (normal range is 90-180) and his A1C was 12%. Before this day, we had no idea what Type 1 Diabetes was. For the next 3 days, Jayden, his father and I spent every hour being trained by a diabetic educator and a dietician on how to keep Jayden alive by managing his diabetes diagnosis. But, that was only the beginning to the days ahead. So full of questions, overwhelming emotions, and only 3 days of training, we started on our journey home with what would be the daily routine for the rest of our lives. Our days would be filled with worry, reading food labels, counting carbs, measuring and counting each piece of food, complicated calculations to determine insulin to give and many NO’s and I’m sorry son, you can’t have anything to eat yet.

That first trip to the pharmacy was additionally overwhelming. We had no idea what all these medications and tools were: meters, test strips, gauges, short acting insulin, long last insulin, needles, thyroid pills, key tone strips, and emergency kits if he was to go low. There were so many things still to be learned —the highs, the lows, how activity can stay with you for up to 24 hours, how taking a warm shower or bath can drop your blood sugar, how sick days would be more challenging than normal, how scar tissue would build up making insulin doses not effective. Unfortunately, I know more learning and new challenges are to come.

As a type 1 diabetic, Jayden receives 4-6 shots a day (depending on what he eats) and has his blood sugar checked via a finger prick 7-10 times a day. We often wake in the middle of the night around 3am to check his blood sugar to make sure it hasn’t dropped while sleeping. Quarterly, Jayden visits his endocrinologist which is always followed by bloodwork to check his A1C levels and thyroid.

As healthy people without Type 1 Diabetes, we will never know what it is like to have your body on a constant roller coaster of what it is like to feel so low one minute and then so high the next. With T1D, you can’t just jump in the car and run to the park, or the store, or anywhere without a bag packed with all the supplies and snacks you may need to treat a low. You have to become your child’s shadow—going to birthday parties, school trips, being available for a text or phone call if grandparents or friends need help with carb and insulin calculations. We try to have Jayden treated like every other child, just with a heightened awareness of what needs to happen with his care to keep him safe and healthy.

When a child learns he or she has Type 1 Diabetes, it’s life-changing. It is a condition that has to be managed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That’s a lot for a child to take in. While frequent finger pricks and insulin injections are of utmost importance, there are a lot of emotional strains attached such as fear, shame, a feeling of being left out or different. If, your child has ever had a dream of being a pilot, or going into the Army, Navy, Marines, or Air Force, those dreams are crushed because people with T1D are not allowed to do these things.

On March 11, 2016, my father, Glenn Eisenbeis passed away. During the weeks leading up to his death, I read about diabetic alert dogs (DAD’s) through a post on Facebook. Learning more about them were a way for my mother and me to pass the time during long waiting room stays. We realized immediately how wonderful it would be for Jayden and our family to have this extra layer of protection in his diabetes care, to catch the rapid highs and lows that happen on a daily basis and how strong the love and companionship between Jayden and a dog could be emotionally for him.

Diabetic Alert Dogs help their handlers with more control over their blood sugar levels. DAD’s are trained using scent detection when changes in the body odor occur as a result blood sugar levels going out of range. DAD’s are trained to alert their handlers of this change or alert parents or caregivers if they are non-responsive. The result is more efficient blood sugar control which in turn leads to improved health for the diabetic, both long and short term. DAD’s are trained to be obedient in public places and are allowed to accompany their handlers through the Americans with Disabilities Act and state legislation.

After my father’s death, Jayden’s grandmother, Dianna (nee Whiteaker) Eisenbeis, suggested we honor him with a memorial fund designated to begin the fund raising efforts for Jayden to have a DAD. My father was very concerned when Jayden was diagnosed with diabetes and would call me several times a day to check on him. I think he would be pleased to know that through his death, Jayden would benefit in this way. We would in a way, be losing one dad and gaining another. I can’t help but wonder is this isn’t a part of a much bigger plan.

T1D never takes a break. It’s a constant worry. Although, our daily routine of blood sugar checks, carb counts and insulin calculations won’t change, having the assistance of a DAD, would lighten the load and help with those in between changes we are not likely to catch and lessen the chance of further complications this disease may have on Jayden’s life.

If you would like to make a donation to help us reach our goal of $20,000 you can use the PayPal link on the homepage of Canines of Hope webpage. Simply put Jayden’s name in the ‘donation for’ box and that will allow all donations made in his honor to go directly towards payment for his Diabetic Alert Dog. All donations are tax deductible. You will get a receipt confirming your PayPal donation or you can email Canines of Hope to request a receipt. Email: caninesofhope@gmail.com

Or you can mail a donation, with Jayden’s name in the memo line to: Canines of Hope, 4911 Schneider Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103. (Checks payable to Canines of Hope)

Thank you for reading Jayden’s story and if you’ve been moved to contribute, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your generosity. It is truly appreciated.

John, Janel and Jayden Schnurr

Jayden Cover Photo

 

Gavin T1-1Gavin T1-2

We would like you to introduce you to our Gavin. He is a happy, fun loving, and energetic 7 year old. He loves all things dinosaur and outdoors. He loves to laugh and joke. He loves to play with his brother and sisters. He is full of life and fills our lives with laughter. Gavin also has Type 1 Diabetes. T1D is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks beta cells in the pancreas. These beta cells are responsible for insulin production. Over time the body in unable to produce its own insulin and has no way of getting rid of excess sugar. The sugar builds up in the body and levels become so high the person may develop Diabetic Ketoacidosis or DKA. DKA can lead to coma or death. In order to avoid this and the many other complications of diabetes, multiple daily injections of insulin are required. Gavin requires at least 4 injections a day, more if he wants to eat extra or if he needs a correction for high blood sugar. It also requires he check his blood sugar levels with a finger prick at least 4 times a day. Again this can be more depending on his sugar levels that day. A low or a high may cause the need for several extra tests leading us to test as much as 10 to 12 times in one day. Gavin’s Story In August of 2015 Gavin caught an upper respiratory infection. It seemed to get worse so we took him to the pediatrician. He was diagnosed with pneumonia and after a round of antibiotics his pneumonia was gone but he didn’t seem quite himself. He looked pale and tired. He began taking naps. I would often find myself asking him if he felt okay. I told my husband he just didn’t look well and didn’t seem like himself. September came and went with no major changes. October came and I noticed Gavin began asking for water to drink more often. He began having accidents at night which was very unusual. It was the week of Halloween that I knew something was very wrong. We went to meet friends for lunch at a playland. Gavin played and ate a few bites of lunch before he came and told me he had been sick and wanted to go home. The following night he was unable to make it an hour trick or treating without having to go to the bathroom despite using the restroom right before we left the house. I called our pediatrician the next morning. As soon as we got to the office that afternoon Gavin had to use the restroom. I asked for a specimen cup and took him to the bathroom. Within minutes we were in a room. The nurse asked a few questions and Gavin’s doctor came in. He simply asked if I suspected Gavin was diabetic. I told him yes. He said I was correct, the glucose in Gavin’s urine sample was over 500. He told us to get to Children’s Hospital right away. I took Gavin and his siblings straight to the hospital. I called my husband and he left work to meet us there. We arrived and I explained to the triage nurse that the pediatrician had sent us and we were taken to a room within minutes. Gavin gave another urine sample and we waited. After three long hours in the emergency room the doctor ordered a blood sugar test which indicated Gavin’s sugar was over 500. Further testing showed he had an A1C of 11.9. An A1C is a test of blood sugar levels over the past three months. A normal A1C is between 4 and 5.6%. We were admitted immediately and taken upstairs. After we were settled, my husband took our other kids home, and I settled in for the first of many restless nights. I watched all night as the nurses came in and changed saline bags, checking his ketones, and blood sugar levels. At the time I thought I knew what diabetes was but I didn’t know how serious and difficult Type 1 Diabetes is. The next day was much of the same. A nurse educator and dietician came in to give us a rushed education in diabetes care. We were sent home that very night, overwhelmed, exhausted, and scared. They taught us how to count carbs, how to dose insulin, and how to check for ketones but they didn’t tell us about stubborn lows and highs. They didn’t tell us how exercise such as running, swimming, or sledding can cause scary drops hours later sometimes overnight. For every one thing they had time to teach us there were ten things they didn’t have time for. We weren’t told about Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGMs) or pumps or D.A.D.s (Diabetic Alert Dogs). We weren’t told how certain foods can cause a delayed high, even when you dose for them, hours later blood sugar levels can increase causing a delayed high, extra treatment, and later a possible low. When you only have 3 hours there is only so much you can say to already overwhelmed parents. It is now March of 2016. We still wake at least once a night to check Gavin’s levels at 2:00 a.m.. We still worry if we are giving enough insulin or to much. Leaving the house requires we pack all of Gavin’s supplies even for a quick trip to the store. Lows can come on quickly and requiring fast acting sugar to help bring him up. Every day something changes and new challenges arise. Why We Chose a Diabetic Alert Dog We have learned as much as possible about caring for Gavin on our own. We have presented him with his options and made a promise to provide the best care possible. We know that a CGM and monitor will be useful tools, when Gavin is ready for them. Right now he doesn’t want anything attached to his body. We could force him to use these tools, however, we feel Gavin is already overwhelmed in dealing with a new diagnosis and realizing he will require life long care. We would like to work on getting him to accept these tools willingly, when he can fully understand their benefit. Gavin’s best option at this point is a D.A.D. (Diabetic Alert Dog) not only will this give us the added layer of monitoring and safety it will give Gavin the comfort and companionship that only a dog can provide. A D.A.D. won’t take the place of the monitoring we already do but it can help us catch highs and lows before they become too high or too low. It can also help monitor when we are out on activities such as hiking when lows can come on quickly with little warning. We are new to this disease and what changes will come. Gavin is still growing and as he grows his diabetes management will change but his need for constant monitoring and insulin will not. We would like to be prepared with all the tools available to us to ensure Gavin is well taken care of and to avoid complications resulting from diabetes. No one method is perfect but given enough safeguards Gavin will have the best chance of growing into a healthy adult while learning to be vigilant and care for himself. After looking over many great service dog providers we have chosen to work with Alert Service Dogs because of their commitment to providing quality trained Diabetic Alert Dogs. We have chosen to utilize Canines of Hope for their commitment to helping families raise the funds to acquire a service dog. These are both amazing organizations and we feel they are the best choices for our families needs and to provide Gavin with a highly trained companion. We appreciate you taking the time to read and share our story. 

If you would like to make a donation in Gavin’s honor to help us reach our goal of $20,000 you can use the Paypal link on the homepage of Canines of Hope webpage.  Simply put Gavin’s name in the ‘donation for’ box and that will allow all donations made in his honor to go directly towards payment on his Diabetic Alert Dog.  All donation are tax deductible.  You will get a receipt confirming your Paypal donation or you can email us to request a receipt.  Email: caninesofhope@gmail.com

Or you can mail a donation, with Gavin’s name in the memo line to: Canines of Hope, 4911 Schneider Rd., Ann Arbor, Mi 48103.  (Checks payable to Canines of Hope)

Thank you again for your time, consideration and support as we work to raise the money to place our son with one of these life saving medical alert dogs.