Huntsville Chick-fil-A Helps Boy Raise Funds for Diabetic Alert Dogs
Dylan Lancaster is in need of man’s best friend. The 9-year-old diabetic patient teamed up with the University Drive Chick-fil-A restaurant in Huntsville, Ala., to help raise money to buy three diabetic alert dogs for himself and two of his classmates.
“I still have fun like all my other classmates, but sometimes it’s just so hard living with Type I diabetes. If I were to receive a diabetic alert dog I could play with him and get more exercise; plus the dog could see things for me and pick up on things faster, like when my blood sugar gets too low,” says Dylan, a second-grader at Harvest Elementary in Huntsville. “Everybody at Chick-fil-A has been wonderful with helping my cause. That night was a really great event. This cause isn’t just about me, though. I want two other classmates living with my condition to get dogs too. They need the alert dogs just as bad as I do.”
The fundraiser was a part of the restaurant’s Spirit Night. Owner/Operator Barry Wesson said this Spirit Night in particular had a special meaning.
“Dylan wore a Chick-fil-A shirt and tie while we let him co-host Spirit Night and spread the message about his worthy cause,” Barry says. “We put up the sign a couple days before and it caused up a stir because a lot of people wondered why in the world would a diabetic patient need a dog? So we were able to educate some customers about diabetic alert dogs too, while serving them.”
Each diabetic alert dog is specifically trained to detect, by scent, if their owner’s blood sugar falls below safe levels. Dylan hopes to raise $45,000 to buy the three alert dogs. After being diagnosed at the age of five, Dylan now operates an insulin pump, plays football, hikes and goes on mission trips.
For more information on Dylan’s cause, visit www.dcubed.org.
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