Jace Davila is a bright-eyed 5-year-old with an infectious laugh and a smile you can't resist. But unlike most kids his age, Jace has to continually check his blood sugar several hours each day since he was diagnosed with diabetes in 2011.
"We check about 12 times a day and three hours every night," his mom Crystal said. "I worry about him often and how he will handle it on his own."
Jace carries around his camouflage "army bag", or at least that's what he calls it. It holds all the insulin shots, test strips and other things he needs to check his blood sugar daily. While this is one tough little 5-year-old, he is ready to add another soldier to his ranks.
"His name is Jasper," Jace said with a huge smile on his face. "He's going to be my best friend," Jace giggled. He hasn't even gotten the four-legged furry friend yet, but he already has a name.
Jace's parents Crystal and Lee Davila first heard about diabetic alert dogs through an online support group for parents of diabetic children. These dogs are trained to sniff out when blood sugar is too low or too high and then they'll alert the child or parents of the danger.
"When Jace's blood sugar is dropping, this will help him faster. When it's getting high, this will help him faster, so it will be a relief," Lee said.
Though diabetic alert dogs can be life-saving, they are not cheap. One of these dogs costs thousands of dollars and with five other children, the Davilas have a big task is ahead of them. That's why Jace's school, Rush Elementary, and their church are holding fundraisers to help raise some of the money for the dog.
On Thursday, April 4th from 2-9 p.m., Chic-Fil-A will donate a portion of their daily proceeds to Jace if you mention the Davila family. Raising Canes is also helping raise support for the Davila family on Thursday, May 2nd.
You can also go to this (website) and donate money to help bring Jasper home to Jace.
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