Event planned to get a diabetic alert dog for local boy

The Monroe Lions Club is conducting a fund-raiser to purchase a diabetic alert dog for a 2 1/2-year-old Monroe boy.

Aidan Sgandurra, son of James and Denise Sgandurra, suffers from Type I juvenile diabetes. Due to this critical condition, his parents must monitor his blood sugar level every two hours all the time. Even this does not necessarily bring Aidan's condition under ideal control.

The diabetic alert dog are specially trained to sense changes in a person's blood sugar levels and alert family members when a his or her insulin levels are too low and need to be adjusted. The dog can scent changes 25 to 45 minutes in advance of a major shift in a person's blood sugar level. The cost for one of these dogs is $21,000.

The Monroe Lions Club's Italian Feast Fundraiser will be held at the Monroe Congregational Church on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 6:30 p.m., with all proceeds going toward the purchase of the diabetic alert dog for Aidan. Tickets are $12 per person (advanced ticket sales only) and can be purchased before Oct. 15, in the Monroe Branch of Union Savings Bank or by calling Lions Marie McCarthy at 203-459-2571 or Rene Garza at 203-268-4976.

Donations may also be mailed to the Monroe Lions Charities, P.O. Box 10, Monroe, CT 06468.