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Please help four-year-old Melissa van Blerk get a Diabetic Assistance Dog

Please help four-year-old Melissa van Blerk get a Diabetic Assistance Dog

Melissa's family is fundraising for an Assistance Dog with the help of Westcon

Melissa van Blerk

Melissa van Blerk

The family of four-year-old Melissa van Blerk, daughter of Westcon Group NZ technical quote specialist, Dries van Blerk, is hoping to raise $NZ20,000 to provide her with a Diabetic Assistance Dog – and the distributor is backing the goal.

As outlined on her fundraising page, Melissa was diagnosed with Type-1 Diabetes almost two years ago; it is an auto-immune disease which destroys pancreatic beta-cells which are the only source for the insulin hormone.

Consequently, Melissa and her family must precisely calculate insulin injections and carbohydrate consumption to provide the appropriate pump for minute-supply of insulin throughout the day.

Assistance Dogs are trained to recognise the scent of hypoglycaemia and respond in a defined way to ensure the correct assistance is given.

The dogs provide backup to parents - who generally test blood glucose levels twice overnight - and offer companionship to children who suffer from constant injections.

The estimated cost of training a dog is $NZ48,000, although Westcon is aiming for $NZ20,000 in its effort.

Donations can be made through Melissa’s fundraising page, hosted by FundraiseOnline.co.nz.


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