If you’ve ever visited our office in Springfield you’ve likely been greeted and/or licked by Bunker, our lovable aussie. Though we know our pooch is smart, it would take A LOT of training to get him to the point of helping Max.
Max is a 4-year-old boy with ketotic hypoglycemia, cortisol dependence, and adrenal insufficiency… which is a fancy way of saying he has a rough life. So far he’s had 10 surgeries and more hospital visits than any child should have to experience. Max takes steroids multiple times a day to keep his blood sugar levels in normal limits. In the past, Max’s body has consistently dropped his blood glucose levels into the 30s and 40s which could lead to serious medical complications or death.
Looking forward, Max is excited to start kindergarten in Fall 2016 and get on track with kids his age. The problem is Max will not be able to attend without some sort of supervision for his condition.
The solution to all this is a highly trained, furry companion for Max. Unlike our Bunker, a diabetic service dog would be trained to scent low blood sugar levels. The dog would be able to alert Max’s teachers or parents of dangerously low blood glucose levels and allow Max to focus on learning and being a normal, carefree kid. Additionally, the dog would be by his side 24/7 allowing his parents to peacefully sleep at night when Max’s blood sugar is at a higher risk of dropping.
Max’s situation really hits home for us. Living in Missouri, Max’s mom (Jennifer) grew up with h design founder, Rob Haik. As many of us have kids of our own, it breaks our hearts to think of caring for a child in this situation.
Help us help Max…
We have decided to make a difference in this young man’s life by pooling our resources. We are asking our friends, consultants, and business partners to join us in funding Max’s new diabetic alert dog.
A trained diabetic alert dog costs ~$20,000, an expense that is not covered by insurance nor is one that Max’s family can afford, due to their on-going medical bills from his last 3 hospitalizations. The fundraising for a diabetic alert dog has already begun but is off to a slow start.
To help Max, we would like to set a goal of $8,000 for our colleges. In return, h design group pledges to match any donation up to this goal of $8,000.
If you are able to donate, please click the PayPal link below. Any donations made through our link will be matched by h design up to our goal. The campaign will only last through February 2nd. We hope that this 2 week period will be enough time to meet and possible exceed our goal.
From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for helping us give Max a chance at a healthier life.