Oak Ridge, NC, September 11, 2019 --(PR.com
)-- Morgan is a 7-year-old who enjoys swimming, cheerleading, going to the beach and boating with her family. Morgan also has had to endure the daily struggle of living with Type 1 Diabetes. Morgan’s service dog, Iris, will be able to accompany her everywhere thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Diabetes affects Morgan’s independence. She often requires cues and reminders from her parents to manage her diabetes. The family's sleep schedule is affected by Morgan’s diabetes as well. With her Diabetic Alert Dog, Iris, by her side Morgan and her family are hopeful that she will gain the confidence and independence to face the everyday challenges of living with the disease and hopefully resume more normal sleep schedules knowing Iris is there to keep an eye on Morgan.
SDWR will continue to work with Morgan, her parents, and Iris in their home environment, to train for specific needs she may have. What makes SDWR so unique from other nonprofit service dog organizations is this highly customized and tailored training program. SDWR trainers will continue to return for training sessions with Morgan, her family, and Iris every 3-4 months during the next 18 months to make a successful team and gain public access certification.
As an honored graduate of the SDWR Fallen Officer Puppy Program (FOPP), the service dog is named after fallen hero Sergeant Iris Janett Smith of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, MS. Sergeant Iris Janett Smith worked for the Department for 15 years prior to her death. FOPP is an initiative by SDWR to pay respect to the legacy of service by fallen American police who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. Alert Dog Iris’s work with Morgan will carry on in memoriam of Sergeant Iris Janett Smith’s life of service before self.
Service Dogs by SDWR has a mission to provide specially-bred dogs for individuals of all ages with invisible disabilities like Autism Spectrum Disorder, PTSD, Seizure Disorder, or in the case of Morgan - Diabetes. In addition to the nearly 600 working dogs already placed, there are several hundred more actively enrolled in SDWR's program.
Service Dogs by SDWR is a non-profit organization based in Virginia, and relies on donations to help the organization in its mission, "Until there's a cure ... there's a dog." To make a donation or learn more about SDWR, please visit the website, http://www.sdwr.org. To learn more about Diabetic Alert Dogs visit http://www.sdwr.org/service-dogs/diabetes/. To find out how you can volunteer or serve as a service dog raiser visit http://www.sdwr.org/volunteer-opportunities.