Community Hosts Carnival To Raise Money For Bryan Girl

By: Alex Lotz Email
By: Alex Lotz Email

BRYAN The blood sugar extremes diabetics suffer can be deadly. Some people can sense those level changes while others can't, but now there are service dogs that can detect deadly blood sugar levels with their nose.

One Bryan family is hoping to get a dog, one that could save a young girl's life. Now the community is stepping in to help.

Eight year old Libby Stewart of Bryan has type one diabetes. The potentially deadly disease can make life hard for such a young girl, but she is hoping life will get a little easier soon. Her family has been raising money to get her a diabetic alert dog. These specially trained dogs can smell the highs and lows of blood sugar through their saliva, and they can detect it up to half an hour before the high or low happens, but it would cost the family a lot of money for the extra help - $28,000. So Libby's mom turned to the community for help.

"We just had a fun year together in third grade," said Libby's third grade teacher Terri Barnett.

Barnett saw how much the young girl struggled and desperately wanted to help her. "It's something that gives Libby that chance to be on the same playing field with every third grader," Barnett said. "She comes in with something that makes it harder to learn."

She and other teachers at Sul Ross Elementary are helping her any way they can. "We thought, you know a carnival would be a great idea and we have carnivals here every year to raise money," said Barnett.

On Saturday the Bryan Church of the Nazarene transformed into a carnival just for Libby where members of the community are rallying together to help Libby and her family reach their goal.

"Every teacher in the school just about said, 'tell me what I can do, tell me what I can do,'" Barnett said.

Right now, they are three thousand dollars away from a $21,000 down payment to have a dog trained."The goal would be to have the money in our hands to pay off the dog," Barnett said.

Libby and her mother are humbled by the community's efforts to help and are counting down the days until Libby will live an easier life.

"I think it's nice," Libby said of all the support she is getting. "I am going to get my dog soon."

If you would like to help Libby, a fund has been set up at Wells Fargo.

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