6-Year-Old Diabetic Boy Sold Hundreds Of Pumpkins So That He Could Use The School Bus

Date October 31, 2018

Many diseases are rapidly becoming younger: the number of children who suffer from “age-related” conditions is increasing every year. If parents want to ensure that their kids don’t feel different from their peers, they must resort to peculiar methods, since modern society isn’t fully prepared for this.

6-year-old Ian Unger from Michigan was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (insulin-dependent, requiring constant monitoring of blood sugar) when he was only 4. He felt different from other children when he entered kindergarten; with no aide to look after him, he couldn’t ride with the other kids on the school bus, and was desperately dreaming of it. The child’s condition required constant monitoring. One of the nurses who looked after Ian at school recommended that he get a service dog specially trained in diabetes.

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The needed trained puppy would cost $25,000 – an unbearable amount for the boy’s family. You must be wondering: Can a dog perform the function of a blood glucose meter? And why is it so expensive?

Diabetes sensitive puppies are trained almost from infancy. Possessing an amazing sense of smell, by the scent of their owner’s body, they can react to an increase or decrease in blood sugar levels even before a real threat to the owner's health condition. This is especially important during sleep, when people, especially children, cannot control their bodies completely. Diabetic service dogs are accustomed to monitoring the owner and notifying him of the change in body condition. Besides acquiring a “nanny,” the person also finds a devoted friend.

Ian didn’t demand such a puppy from his parents: the boy only asked if he could buy pumpkin seeds and use the family land to grow vegetables, so that he could raise money for the assistance dog. During the next season, he gathered a decent harvest: about 150 ripe pumpkins. His mother spread information on social networks why Ian wanted to sell the vegetables. She shared his dream of feeling the same as other children. Within a few weeks, all the pumpkins were sold. Moreover, some people even brought their own vegetables so that the boy could receive additional funds.

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Diabetes isn’t the only problem that can be monitored by dogs.

Service dogs are indispensable companions for those suffering from visual impairment.

There are also well-trained breeds who are able to respond to the slightest noise, ideal for people with hearing problems. Having heard something important, they touch the owner and lead him in the right direction.

Some dogs can warn their owner of an upcoming seizure and even help them when it approaches (for example, dealing with epilepsy). They inform about a deterioration with loud barking; some even know how to call for help.

Dogs that assist therapy specialists perform the function of a psychiatrist; people undergoing severe mental problems return to normal life with these dogs’ help.

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Some dogs are accustomed to identify allergens, babysit children with autism, recognize babies who have been intoxicated in a womb, and provide companionship for people with limited mobility. In brief, dogs are capable of much more than humans and possess a distinct character trait that some people easily abandon – loyalty.

Thanks to the help of parents and caring people, Ian gathered almost the entire amount needed to buy an assistance dog. Many people with special needs have such companions. However, other people should all be more tolerant, responsible, and attentive to such handicapped people. What do you think?

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