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