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Local Polk County Family Collecting Donations For Diabetic Service Dog For 10-Year-Old Son 

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Local Polk County Family Collecting Donations For Diabetic Service Dog For 10-Year-Old Son 

By Allison Williams

Photos provided by Bianca Watson and Andrew Kinchen

Christopher and Bianca Watson, local Polk County residents have a 10-year-old son, Weston, who is loving life and thriving. His favorite hobbies include soccer, video games and Jiu-Jitsu. At age 7, he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and is insulin dependent. Having Type 1 Diabetes does not hold him back. He is very sporty and loves the outdoors. On a nice day, you can find Weston riding his skateboard and playing outdoors. He is also involved with 4H and showed a hog at the Polk County Youth Fair. 

Weston also has a love for Jiu-Jitsu.. He has been attending Carlson Gracie of Winter Haven for the past year. Andrew Kinchen, Owner/Head Instructor of Carlson Gracie Winter Haven and Instructor at Carlson Gracie Lakeland says Weston has been a joy to work with and he always makes sure he is well taken care of during his time at the center. 

“Weston is an amazing kid,” Kinchen said. “He’s 100 mph and does anything you ask, but there are times we have to monitor him. We let him off the mats to take something to boost his sugar and just make small adjustments to make sure he keeps his levels where they need to be while working out.”

Bianca believes Jiu-Jitsu has been great for her son in many ways. “We have seen an increase in confidence, better behavior and physical ability,” she said. “On the psychological side, I feel like he has been able to channel some “frustration” and release it in a safe controlled manner.”

Weston’s parents work hard to keep Weston active, safe and healthy. They are currently in the process of raising funds to put toward a diabetic alert dog for Weston. 

“These dogs are not meant as a cure, but as an aid to the management of Diabetes,” Bianca said. “They are our friends, our companions and our lifelines. Diabetic service dogs, also called diabetic alert dogs or DADs, are trained to let you know when your blood sugar has spiked too high or dropped too low. This way, you can take action before the problem turns into a medical emergency.”

Weston’s dad, Christopher, is a detective for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. The PCSO has been wonderful in aiding Weston. They are currently sponsoring a fundraiser for a diabetic service dog called “DAD 4 Weston.”

“The PCSO has a non-profit established called Polk Sheriff Charites,” Bianca said. They have graciously permitted us to use their charity to collect donations. It makes it easier for people and businesses to donate knowing that 100% of the money is going directly to the Diabetic Alert Dog. Credit card donations may be made at www.polksheriff.org/donate and then choose the dropdown menu, and select “other” then type “Watson Service Dog” under sub restriction. Also, checks can be made out to Polk Sheriff Charities and write “Watson Service Dog” in the memo line.”

Not only has the PCSO been a huge help to Weston and his family, but Carlson Gracie has been as well. They put on a t-shirt fundraiser for Weston. They sold t-shirts with the Carlson Gracie logo on them with the word ‘Family’ printed on them. Proceeds directly benefited Weston’s cause.

Seeing the local community come together to support such an important cause has been special for Weston and his family. They are looking forward to the future and hope to have a diabetic service dog soon.

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