“Dylan loved all the shows at SeaWorld”
When Dylan starting experiencing extreme thirst and having “accidents” during the night, her parents recognized the symptoms right away. Dylan’s father was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in adolescence and displayed the same symptoms.
After she was rushed to the hospital, Dylan’s blood sugar level tested 986, an incredibly dangerous number. Doctors administered medication to keep Dylan’s brain from swelling, and she remained in the hospital for an entire week. Dylan started on insulin shots immediately and received an implanted insulin pump in 2010.
Dylan, now 8, isn’t as care free as most children her age; she has to watch what she eats and the amount of activity she participates in. Dylan currently tests 6-10 times per day and is homeschooled to help her family monitor her condition closely. In 2014, Dylan got a diabetic alert dog named Blessing as an additional tool in helping Dylan battle her life-threatening illness.
Blessing was even a part of Dylan’s wish trip to visit the Florida theme parks. Dylan and her family, along with Blessing, spent five fun-filled days visiting Disney World and SeaWorld. Dylan loved meeting the Disney characters, watching the animal shows and shopping at the theme parks. Her favorite show was one featuring dogs like Blessing.
We’d like to thank all the sponsors that helped make Dylan’s wish come true!
- Compassion Partners Program
- Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista
- Texas Roadhouse
- Smokey Bones BBQ & Grill
- Chili’s Bar and Grill
- National Car Rental