One of my favorite parts of my job is to attempt to make people feel good. This world is tough enough as it is with everyday struggles, it's a real privilege to find a story that brings out the emotion in others - and this one is a textbook example. Last May I wrote an article about a Bismarck teen named Aidan Johnson. A young man of just 14 years old was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 12. KXNET reported that the family applied for a service dog through a nonprofit out of Kansas. The Johnson family's search in the past became frustrating for financial reasons. You see a service dog is not cheap - KXNET added that some organizations wanted to charge as much as $25,000 to $30,000 a dog.
A service dog is not just for the blind, Aidan's father Nicholas explained “We did a bunch of research on service animals and diabetic lurk dogs so that they will alert for any highs and lows in blood sugar,” - KXNET- The nonprofit group from Kansas had a dog available for Aidan at the cost a much more reasonable price of $5,000. With a huge support from family,friends, and the Mandan Dakota Lions Club, money was raised and Aidan and his family were all set for the big day - which was yesterday!

Here is what happiness looks like, here is what happens when people care for one another - this is what life is all about. I have probably watched this video about 20 times, and I still feel the smiles a million times over.

 

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