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Event will help fund rescue dogs for diabetics in future

By: Kerri Corrado

JOHNSTOWN, Pa.

Johnstown community members gathered to help raise money to preserve the Roxbury Bandshell by having an event called the "Bandshell Bark. "

Dog competitions, walks, and other activities were held at the historic landmark from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at Roxbury Park.

Organizers of the event made a special announcement that next year they will help fund rescue dogs for diabetics.

Jade Wallace, 2013 Miss Bandshell Bark, attended the event with her dogs. They won first place in the best-dressed competition, but it wasn't always easy for Jade.

"Last year, she couldn't attend, her parents had to rush her to the hospital because she became a diabetic," Event Chair Eileen Graham said.

This year, organizers honored her, announcing that money raised next year by the Bandshell Bark will go directly to those suffering with diabetes like Jade.

"So we want part of the money to go to helping raise money for rescue dogs," Graham said.

"It is so nice of people to do that, it is very giving of them. Hopefully we can raise money and other people can get dogs too," Wallace said.

Rescue dogs for diabetics are trained to sense when something is wrong.

Elizabeth Rutledge is a Type 1 diabetic. She says her dog Kole has the ability to know when her blood sugar is low.

"So Kole is in my life to wake me up and smell the blood sugar change whether through sweat or saliva," Rutledge says.

Rutledge says she didn't wake up for work one day so she decided to get a dog.

"It is very important because of how life-threatening the disease can be," Rutledge says.

 
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