Boy With Diabetes Finally Gets Service Dog After Saving Pennies For 4 Years

Strangers helped this boy raise $20,000 so he could adopt a service dog that will help him manage Type I diabetes.

Credit: WNBC

Credit: Jennie Heath

It’s the mentality that “every penny counts” that enabled a boy named Aiden Heath to adopt a service dog. At just four years old, Aiden was diagnosed with Type I diabetes. Not long after, he learned that service dogs can help manage the illness by smelling a drop in blood sugar thirty minutes before a meter would ever register the change.

Excited about this prospect, Aiden decided he wanted to adopt a service dog. However, the specialized canines are expensive, on average costing $15,000. Rather than feel defeated, Aiden took his mother’s advice to start saving his pennies.

Four years later – at age eight, Aiden had raised $6,000. But he was still $9,000 away from reaching his goal. Fortunately, aid poured in after national news agencies featured his story. In a short period of time, good samaritans helped raise over $20,000!

Credit: Jenni Heath

Credit: Jenni Heath

With the funds, the boy and his mom adopted Angel, a chocolate Labrador who passed all of her service tests. Finally, Aiden’s dream had been realized.

Jennie Heath, Aiden’s mom, told WABC:

“Aiden looked at me and said, ‘This is a dream. We have been so amazed by the outpouring of support,” Jenni Heath said. “He is feeling the love. … There are no words.”

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