An 8-year-old boy with diabetes earned his wish for a diabetic service dog. First, by saving every penny he had, then with help from folks on the internet.
“Everything he got for his allowance, his birthday, Christmas, all went into his dog fund,” Jenni Heath, Aiden’s mother told the Valley Reporter.
Aiden was just 4 years old when he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. At around the time of his diagnosis, he learned that there are service dogs trained to detect glucose levels in people with diabetes. That is when he started his quest to save up for one.
ABC News with David Muir ran a story on the little boy who saved all his coins and placed them in a red wagon that he had renamed Brinks and almost overnight, according to ABC News, a GoFundMe page that was set up to help him reach $12,000 exceeded that goal by $10,000.
“These dogs help you with your diabetes and I was like, ‘I really want to get one,’” Aiden told ABC News.
In April, Aiden’s mother, Jenni Heath, put a down payment on Angel, a Chocolate Labrador, and Angel began her training. On October 10, Angel arrived at the Heath’s family home in Waitsfield, Vermont, where she and a trainer will begin working with Aiden. Jenni told ABC News that Aiden is “over the moon” with the arrival of Angel, and the service dog will not only give her peace of mind, especially at night, but will also likely give her son a sense of independence.
“We have been so amazed by the outpouring of support,” Jenni Heath told ABC News. “He is feeling the love. There are no words.”