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Benefit raises money for diabetes alert dogs

The second annual K9s for Kids benefit hosted by the Diabetes Friendly Foundation on November 19 raised money for families to get a diabetes alert dog that can detect unhealthy blood sugar levels in diabetes patients.

The event aims to raise money to fund the partnership the foundation has with Wildrose Kennels in Oxford, Mississippi. After being raised and trained for 12 to 18 months to detect dangerous levels of high or low blood sugar in their handlers and how to alert them of it, dogs from the kennels can be purchased.

In some cases, these alert dogs are life savers, according to Sarah Wilson, whose 3-year-old daughter Faith was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 18 months old. The Wilsons were paired with diabetes alert dog Ruby in 2010, thanks to the foundation, and it has changed the family's life, she said.

"I can honestly say that because of her abilities, Ruby has saved Faith's life," Wilson told the foundation.

Tickets to the benefit were $75, and all proceeds went to the organization to be able to donate the dogs to families in need.  
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