A Hero for Hunter

A Hero for Hunter

I have created “Hunter’s Hero” in support of my little man to raise awareness and much needed funds to assist in training our newest member of the family, a Smartpup Pup! Hunter was diagnosed at age 4 in November 2018 with Insulin dependent, Type 1 Diabetes.

10.65% Raised
$2,130.00 donated of $20,000.00 goal
17 Donors

With this, every day has been a roller coaster of ups and downs and a lot of challenges with various sugar levels, including the ever so scary ‘Hypo’s (low sugar levels)’. Type 1 Diabetes doesn’t discriminate in age, it can happen to anyone at any time. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease where the immune system thinks the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin are ‘the enemy’ and start to kill them off, therefore, producing no natural insulin.

It was suggested to me by Hunter’s Nanna that a Smart Pup could aid his medical condition. Through training, the pups are trained to smell the chemical body changes that occur as insulin levels increase or drop, and alert us so we can check his blood sugar levels and take appropriate action. Training Diabetic Alert Dogs for children means they must train a dog that is unique in its ability to meet the needs of Hunter and ourselves. This will make our lives easier and put our minds at rest knowing he is safe.

We have been approved for the Smart pup program and we are ever so excited. It was wonderful news, but it is also has rules and set up clauses. We must try and raise a minimum $20,000 donation to smartpups by whatever means necessary, and once we have made this donation, Smartpups will raise another $5,000 for our puppy and the puppy will be bought and training will start. The sooner we get this donation the sooner our puppy is trained and the Smartpup team will head over to Adelaide from the Sunshine Coast to settle in the puppy with Hunter.

They are a fantastic organisation and all the dogs are true hero’s. This organisation is a non for-profit organisation and we feel well and truly honoured to have been chosen. The training for the pup can take 12-18 months but it is intense, and these dogs are just incredible.

Your donation no matter how small would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your donation! All donations over $2 are tax deductible. Thank you for your suppawt.

Smart Pups Team

Every donation adds up to make a big difference! Your ongoing support goes towards training each Assistance Dog for a child with special needs. You are part of an incredible community of loyal supporters, who together help to make great things possible from what are often small beginnings. Thank you for your donation! All donations over $2 are tax deductible. Thank you for your suppawt.

  • Yusuke Yoshizaki
    Posted at 21:14h, 07 February Reply

    Hope Hunter and his family feel the support of a stranger. Good luck!

    • Kristy
      Posted at 20:11h, 08 February Reply

      Thank you very
      much, you are very kind

  • Crissy K
    Posted at 14:30h, 08 February Reply

    I hope this helpful friend makes Hunter smile as much as he makes me smile! Much love xo

    • Kristy
      Posted at 19:21h, 09 February Reply

      Awwww Crissy you are so sweet. We wouldn’t be where we are today without you. Much love back to you xoxo

  • Rob Thomson
    Posted at 16:00h, 08 February Reply

    My Grandson attends same childcare centre as Hunter. I myself also have Type 1 Diabetes and hope this donation can help you reach your goal. And help your son navigate his new journey living with diabetes.

    • Kristy
      Posted at 19:23h, 09 February Reply

      Thank you so much Rob! Very much appreciated. From Hunter’s mum

  • Trevor Short
    Posted at 17:47h, 08 February Reply

    It moved my heart and l would love to see this precious child have a trained dog to make his and his Mum’s life so much better.

    • Kristy
      Posted at 19:23h, 09 February Reply

      Thank you very much Trevor, much appreciated. From Hunter’s mum

  • Tina Graser
    Posted at 21:53h, 08 February Reply

    I’m sharing as I have lost my son to type 1 diabetes and if these dogs can help save a life I’m all for it xx

    • Kristy
      Posted at 19:25h, 09 February Reply

      Oh Tina I am so sorry to hear. My heart breaks hearing that. Thank you so much for your kind appreciation. From Hunter’s mum xx

  • Kerryn Lafferty
    Posted at 15:05h, 09 February Reply

    I hope that Hunter will be able to get the support he needs. I grew up in a family with a little one with special needs. I know it makes everyone stronger, especially the bravest one of all! This time it is hunter.

    • Kristy
      Posted at 19:26h, 09 February Reply

      Thank you so much Kerryn. Very much appreciated. From Hunter’s mum

  • Jodie Cummings
    Posted at 15:55h, 09 February Reply

    I am donating to support Hunter as he is a child at the child care centre where I work and I want to help Hunter get the support that he needs.

    • Kristy
      Posted at 19:27h, 09 February Reply

      Thank you very much Jodie. Much appreciated xx

  • Katerina Koutougos
    Posted at 10:42h, 17 February Reply

    My daughter shares with Hunter the same day care center, although they are in a different room. It is very sad that this lovely little guy has been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, or any child in general. My family would like to contribute in this donation and wish that Hunter will be having soon his smart puppy to be his friend and guardian! WIth much love!

    • Kristy
      Posted at 10:20h, 19 February Reply

      Thank you very much for you mr support Katerina. Very much appreciated. From Hunter’s mum

  • Linnae Heitman
    Posted at 08:11h, 04 March Reply

    Hunter is such a sweet brave boy and William loves him.

    • Kristy
      Posted at 19:17h, 05 March Reply

      Awww thank you Linnae. Hunter loves William too xx

  • Crissy Karasoulos
    Posted at 16:35h, 12 April Reply


  • Crissy Karasoulos
    Posted at 13:02h, 09 May Reply

    I haven’t forgotten how important this is! xo

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