Aiden Heath, an 8-year-old boy with Type I diabetes, has been waiting for this day since he was 4 years old.
It was then that his mother, Jenni Heath, told him that he would have to take an active role if he wanted to get a service dog to help with his diabetes. These service dogs, known as diabetes alert dogs, cost about $15,000. Aiden’s mother told him that he could start saving his pennies, and that’s just what he did.
Four years later, he’d saved almost $2,500 in change — enough for a deposit on the dog.
Aiden’s dedication didn’t go unnoticed.
ABC News picked up the story, and in a short period of time, those who heard about his story helped get him surpass the goal of $15,000 for his new pup.
These service dogs, which are trained by Diabetec Alert Dogs of America, can alert their handlers of a drop in blood pressure up to 20 minutes (or more) before an incident occurs.
Thanks to Aiden’s dedication — and thanks to the generosity of those who heard his story and donated — he was matched with a service dog named Angel.
Angel has been in training for a number of months, but on Monday, she was finally ready to meet her human.
And he was ready to meet her.
Aiden’s mom, Jenni, told ABC News, “Aiden is over the moon. He was on pins and needles waiting for her.”
According to an update posted by Aiden’s family on the GoFundMe page, Type I diabetes is “relentless and often isolating.” Not only will Angel be able to warn Aiden of drops in his blood sugar, but she will be a welcome companion.
Angel is getting acclimated to her new home, and her new partnership with Aiden, with the help of a trainer.
We think the two will get along just fine.
Jenni Heath told ABC News, “We have been so amazed by the outpouring of support. [Aiden] is feeling the love…There are no words.”