DAVISON — Michael Hall, 13, is seeking help to raise funds for a medical response dog to aid him with hypoglycemic episodes.
He was diagnosed at 5 years old with reactive hypoglycemia, also referred to as postprandial hypoglycemia. His blood sugars tend to run lower than normal which often cause tremors and vomiting.
Fasting is very dangerous for the Davison youth which makes the eight hours when he is asleep very risky. Low glycemic events that occur at night are often complicated by the fact that he also has a rare hereditary eye condition (CSNB) that makes him completely blind in dimly lit areas.
Michael has been hospitalized, been unconscious twice and suffers from anxiety due to his illness and life-threatening episodes.
Roberto Ruggiero President & Founder of the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation along with CEO, Wolfram Alderson, provide expertise about patients that suffer from this illness and the benefits of a service dog.
The Hypoglycemia Support Foundation has been in existence since 1980. It provides information, support, and encouragement on preventing, managing, or reversing blood glucose disorders.
Ruggiero & Alderson explain the seriousness of the disorder, “Hypoglycemia unawareness” can result in seizures, loss of consciousness, brain damage, or even death. The development of hypoglycemia unawareness makes intensified blood glucose control more difficult and puts the patient at risk for severe hypoglycemia-related events.”
Referencing a renown diabetes website, diatribe.org, The Hypoglycemia Support Foundation supports efforts to make Medical Response Dogs available for patients with this illness for the reasons in the quote below.
“One effective solution for those suffering from severe or acute reactive hypoglycemia is a Medical Response Dog. These dogs are trained to respond to severe low blood sugar symptoms such as fatigue, loss of consciousness, and seizure-like behavior to help notify the patient and others of hypoglycemic events.
Medical Response Dogs can also retrieve “low” supplies such as food, drinks, or an emergency kit.
Ruggiero & Alderson share the success and challenges in obtaining a rescue dog, “The Medical Response Dog successes shared by members of the HSF community have been positive and inspiring. Unfortunately, those seeking this solution find difficult challenges in their way. The process of acquiring a Medical Response Dog can be long, tedious, and costly.”
The Hall family has contracted with Diabetic Alert Dogs of America but the cost is prohibitive. In response to needed funding the family has created a gofundme page, set up booths at fairs, sold baked goods and handmade items, is holding fundraising parties and is seeking help through family, friends and the community.
So far Hall and his family have raised about 1/3 of the $15,000 necessary to purchase a service dog. To help him procure the needed funds please visit his gofundme page at bit.ly/michaelhallservicedog, or make a donation directly to Diabetic Alert Dogs of America in his name at www.diabeticalertdogsofamerica.com or mail a check to Diabetic Alert Dogs of America at 5275 S. Arville St. Suite #304 Las Vegas, NV 89118 be sure to designate “Michael Hall” in the “For” section. — G.G.