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Benefit Held in Bethlehem to Help Boy With Diabetes Get Alert Dog

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A steak fry fundraiser was held on Sunday afternoon at the Bethlehem Community Park to help a local boy get a Diabetes Alert Dog.

Ben Gilmore is 6 years old and was diagnosed with diabetes at 13 months of age. The steak fry was held to raise money for Ben to get an alert dog. These dogs are trained to recognize fluctuations in blood sugar levels with smell. The dogs alert a diabetic or family member when the blood sugar is low or high.

Ben's family has learned a lot about diabetes since he was diagnosed and believe an alert dog will help keep him healthy and out of danger.

"He is so excited and so are we. We want to keep him safe and happy and healthy," said Ben's grandmother, Mary Jo Graebe.

"Every time the dog tells us he is high or he is low, we can treat him before damage is done to him internally and if we can prolong his life, we are gonna do it," said Ben's other grandmother, Elaine Gilmore.

All proceeds will go to "Service Dogs by Warren Retriever." You can check out their website here.