10 Jan 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.
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.
Yusuke YoshizakiPosted at 21:14h, 07 February
Hope Hunter and his family feel the support of a stranger. Good luck!
KristyPosted at 20:11h, 08 February
Thank you very
much, you are very kind
Crissy KPosted at 14:30h, 08 February
I hope this helpful friend makes Hunter smile as much as he makes me smile! Much love xo
KristyPosted at 19:21h, 09 February
Awwww Crissy you are so sweet. We wouldn’t be where we are today without you. Much love back to you xoxo
Rob ThomsonPosted at 16:00h, 08 February
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.
KristyPosted at 19:23h, 09 February
Thank you so much Rob! Very much appreciated. From Hunter’s mum
Trevor ShortPosted at 17:47h, 08 February
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.
KristyPosted at 19:23h, 09 February
Thank you very much Trevor, much appreciated. From Hunter’s mum
Tina GraserPosted at 21:53h, 08 February
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
KristyPosted at 19:25h, 09 February
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 LaffertyPosted at 15:05h, 09 February
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.
KristyPosted at 19:26h, 09 February
Thank you so much Kerryn. Very much appreciated. From Hunter’s mum
Jodie CummingsPosted at 15:55h, 09 February
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.
KristyPosted at 19:27h, 09 February
Thank you very much Jodie. Much appreciated xx
Katerina KoutougosPosted at 10:42h, 17 February
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!
KristyPosted at 10:20h, 19 February
Thank you very much for you mr support Katerina. Very much appreciated. From Hunter’s mum
Linnae HeitmanPosted at 08:11h, 04 March
Hunter is such a sweet brave boy and William loves him.
KristyPosted at 19:17h, 05 March
Awww thank you Linnae. Hunter loves William too xx
Crissy KarasoulosPosted at 16:35h, 12 April
Crissy KarasoulosPosted at 13:02h, 09 May
I haven’t forgotten how important this is! xo