10-year-old Alexander Wilcox was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes two years ago.
“I was sick. I threw up a bit, had to use the bathroom,” Alexander Wilcox says.
The frequent monitoring that came with the diagnosis proved difficult for Alexander and his mother, Alice Wilcox.
Alexander had to master managing his diabetes by drinking and eating the correct type of food. On top of that, he also needed to learn how to give himself insulin shots.
Alexander is trying to raise money to buy a diabetic alert dog to make things easier for the whole family.
Diabetic alert dogs are highly specialized to recognize if their owners are approaching low or high blood sugar levels.
On Wednesdays and Saturdays, in a roadside booth, from 7 a.m. till dark, Alexander performs magic shows to raise money.
His mother, sister, and their friends sell lemonade and baked goods to support his cause.
So far, Alexander has managed to raise $200, with a goal of $5,000 so he can purchase his diabetic alert dog.
Alice told the East Idaho News that if and when Alexander gets his dog, she and her husband will cover all the upkeep and expenses to keep his service dog happy and healthy.