EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSDIABETES ALERT DOG
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A Scott Depot Girl Needs Your Help
Reported by: Ashley Smith
Videographer: Matt Durett
Web Producer: Ashley Smith
Also Contributing: Larry Clark
Reported: Aug. 17, 2012 6:31 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 17, 2012 6:48 PM EDT
Scott Depot , Putnam County , West Virginia
Rylyn Bielinski may look like your typical kid. But this 6-year-old is living with a deadly disease. Along with snacks and medicine, Rylyn doesn't go anywhere without her pump and glucose monitor.
A year ago, Rylyn's parents were told that their daughter had type-1 diabetes. There is no cure for this form of diabetes, which is an autoimmune disease.
“We did a lot of soul searching, crying, asking why us and now we’re doing everything to keep her safe,” said Jamie Bielinski, Rylyn’s mom.
Rylyn has to get her finger pricked at least 10 times a day to measure her blood sugar levels.
Even her older brother, Peyton, helps keep Rylyn healthy.
“My biggest concern is when she's low,” Peyton said. “I get worried.”
While the pump and continuous glucose monitor is helpful, there is an even better way to keep Rylyn healthy. A diabetes alert dog or “DAD” could save Rylyn's life.
“This dog is on 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Jamie Bielinski said, “so its nose will smell if her blood sugar goes too dangerous one way or another.”
Rylyn knows how important this dog will be, but she is also excited to have a new pet.
This lifeline isn't cheap. Rylyn's family needs to raise $20,000 before they can call the dog their own. Through selling some of their possessions and various fundraisers, the family has raised $5,000. Now they are asking for your help so Rylyn can live life to the fullest.
“She's a little trooper. She loves sports. She cheers. She plays soccer. She runs around with her brother,” Rylyn’s mother said.
Until there is a cure, the Bielinskis will do whatever it takes to keep Rylyn smiling.
You can find out more about Rylyn and how to help at the web address below: www.facebook.com/adiabeticalertdogforrylyn
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