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Update (November 15, 2018)

Easton and his family traveled to the service provider that is training the service animal. After selecting an animal (pictured here with Easton), Easton settled on the name Radar for his new companion.


In mid-November, Radar began scent training, which will equip him to recognize changes in Easton's blood sugar and to alert accordingly. If all goes well, Radar will come to his new home in the next few weeks.


Congratulations to Easton and his family on achieving this life-saving goal, and thank you to all who supported the Kemmerer Lions Club to allow us to help!

Easton's story

Background

In December of 2014, at just 12 years old, Easton was diagnosed with severe Juvenile Diabetes. Easton's condition quickly progressed from frequent monitoring throughout the day and insulin injections to the imperative use of an insulin pump and electronic monitoring device. Easton's condition has, however proven to be even more severe, to the extent that the electronic monitoring equipment does not provide adequate warning in instance where his blood sugar drops precipitously. During these episodes, which can occur as frequently as once a week or more and in as little as 2-3 minutes time, Easton becomes virtually incapacitated (often losing consciousness entirely) and unable to administer the necessary preemptive or corrective measures to avoid a life-threatening situation. Family members and friends have been instrumental in assisting when Easton experiences these life-threatening episodes, but are not always immediately on-hand. 


As Easton grows and seeks to become more independent, this condition becomes progressively more problematic and detrimental to his immediate well-being. In conjunction with the reality of a very life-threatening situation, these episodes compromise Easton's ability to concentrate on academics and impair his ability to maintain an active and healthy physical lifestyle (e.g. participation in sports and other physical activities). Over time, the prolonged occurrence of these drastic fluctuations in Easton's body contribute to long-term degeneration of his cardiovascular system, vision, circulatory system, and even his brain. As a result, maintaining consistency and equilibrium in Easton's blood sugar levels is critical not only to his immediate safety and quality of life, but also to his long-term health and life expectancy. Despite evaluation by and consultation with multiple leading experts in the field of Diabetes, Easton and his family have been able to find no clues as to the cause of these sudden and entirely unexpected precipitous drops in Easton's blood sugar (i.e. correlation to diet, physical exertion, mental state, even genetic predisposition).


Please help Easton today! Donations can be made using the button below, or can be made directly to Bank of the West using the following information:


The Bank of the West

Deposit for Easton Rydstrom/Diabetic Alert Dog

801 Pine Avenue

Kemmerer, WY  83101

Please Click Here to Help!

An Unmet Need

Because Easton's condition can deteriorate so rapidly and unexpectedly (quickly reaching the limitations of the available monitoring technology that the family has employed), a different approach is required to help monitor his physical state, and to preempt these life-threatening events. Through extensive research into available technologies and monitoring options, the family has located just a few service providers in the United States, which have begun to train service-dogs to detect and alert at the very early onset of these episodes. Such early detection of these changes in Easton's body will allow him to personally take corrective measures before his condition becomes so severe that he cannot help himself. In extreme instances, the service animal will seek out and alert others, if Easton himself becomes unresponsive. Where the electronics and medical technology have obviously reached a limitation, this represents the next medically necessary technological advance in the management and treatment of severe cases of diabetes. 


Unfortunately, Easton's medical coverage will not cover the cost of the service animal, given that this is a relatively new approach, and has not been precedented as a common-place service that healthcare coverage is yet obligated to cover. As such, the family bears the entire responsibility for covering the cost of the service animal, which will be on the order of approximately $20,000. Currently, the family has been able to raise approximately 25% of the needed funding to cover the cost through their fundraising efforts, and continues to plan future endeavors to reach their goal.


Please help Easton today! Donations can be made using the button below, or can be made directly to Bank of the West using the following information:


The Bank of the West

Deposit for Easton Rydstrom/Diabetic Alert Dog

801 Pine Avenue

Kemmerer, WY  83101

Please Click Here to Help!

How You Can Help

On behalf of this young man and his family, the Kemmerer Lions Club humbly asks for any support that you may be able and willing to provide. In conjunction, the Kemmerer Lions Club will also be taking steps to raise funds through its own efforts and projects to the same end. From the time that the family is able to make a commitment to receive a service animal for young Easton, there is approximately an 8-10 month period during which the service animal will be trained, Easton and his family will receive training, and key members and students in Easton's educational institution will be educated to interact with the service animal. From there, Easton and his family will receive ongoing support and assistance to ensure that this program adequately meets Easton's needs as he grows and becomes more independent.


Easton is a fine young man, and deserves every opportunity to be successful in his future endeavors and all aspects of his life. Management of this terrible disease is pivotal in realizing these aspirations, and even ensuring that Easton has the opportunity for a long and rewarding life. These opportunities that many of us frequently take for granted are not guaranteed to young Easton. Given Easton's daily challenges with his condition, it is imperative that the family be able to act as quickly as possible to begin the process of providing Easton with this life-saving companion, to aid in his battle for a normal life.


Please help Easton today! Donations can be made using the button below, or can be made directly to Bank of the West using the following information:


The Bank of the West

Deposit for Easton Rydstrom/Diabetic Alert Dog

801 Pine Avenue

Kemmerer, WY  83101

Please Click Here to Help!