Aiden Heath was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 4, and has been saving up for a service dog ever since. A diabetes service dog is a specially trained dog that specifically monitors glucose levels and is able to sense and smell when their humans are going to reach dangerous levels 20 to 30 minutes before a blood meter can. That extra time can sometimes be the difference between life and death.
The only problem? These special service dogs cost $15,000. Until the family could come up with the large amount of money, Aiden’s mother would have to constantly check his levels with a blood test, even waking him up during the night to do so.
So, Aiden started saving because “every penny counts.” Local business owners put Aiden’s penny jars in their businesses, neighbors donated when they could, and Aiden takes his pennies to the bank every so often in a red wagon that he has nicknamed ‘Brinks.’ When local news picked up the story, Aiden was still $9,000 short…but after the story went viral, Aiden raised over $20,000 almost overnight!
They were able to put a down payment on Angel, a service dog who would follow Aiden everywhere he went, becoming a constant, life-saving companion.
Aiden is learning how to command Angel, and is excited to introduce her at school to both staff and students, allowing everyone to learn how to interact with the service dog.
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