A 6-year-old boy from Michigan with type 1 diabetes wanted a service dog so he could take the school bus and visit friends. Instead of asking his parents to buy him a puppy, he started selling pumpkins he grew – and now his parents say he's already sold out of them.
Ian Unger from Sand Lake, Michigan, started kindergarten this year and was in Kindergarten readiness last year but never got on the school bus with other children of his age, his mother Katrina Christensen told CBS News.
Ian needs constant monitoring to monitor his insulin pump and blood sugar levels, making it too dangerous for him to be without a helper or someone operating the device.
Ian's school nurse recommended that Ian get one of them. Adjutant and the district said Ian could not ride the bus this fall without supervision, so his parents drive him to school every day, Christensen says.
The adjutant does not have to be a human ̵
The dogs can "detect blood sugar changes before blood tests can show it," Christensen said. The puppies can also get the snacks or things that those with diabetes need when in danger.
"Ian just wanted one of the dogs because he could not do anything, he knew he could not ride a bus last year," Christensen said.
The family thought it would take a few years to afford the dog, as Christensen says they can raise up to $ 25,000.
So Ian had a great idea to raise the money: Pumpkins.
Christensen and Ian planted the seeds in June – and their harvest abated.
"He put some pumpkin seeds in the ground and did not really take care of them, but let me tell you he grew a lot of pumpkins "Ian's father, Jeff Unger, told CBS News," He and his mother counted over 150. "
On September 26, Christensen posted on Facebook announcing" Ian's Pumpkins Are Done! "And that her son's" money for a diabetic willingness dog The post has now been shared over 700 times.
The pumpkins were sold out within a few weeks. Unger said that people even started to bring their own pumpkins and sell them to the kindergarten teacher.
"We had no idea it was going to explode," Unger told CBS News.
In addition to pumpkin sales Christensen has set up a fundraiser on Facebook for her son. So far, they have collected over $ 21,000 from a declared $ 20,000 target.
Christensen said Ian hopes for a German Shepherd. "He thinks she's so cool because the police have her," she said.
Unger said the family will donate extra money to the JDRF as soon as they buy a dog. "If that starts, maybe someone else will get one," Unger said. "It could help another child."
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