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About Carriella and Gaz
Over six years ago I began the journey of finding a four legged helper that would be my co-pilot throughout life. I was blessed beyond measures to find EENP, and more importantly to be matched with Gaz.
Gaz is my diabetic alert dog, who will alert to changes in my blood sugar (high and low) as often as it happens. He can retrieve a juice box from the fridge, will bring me my meter kit, and go get help if I need him to, just to name a few.
His work has saved my life multiple times from dangerous low blood sugars, as well as high blood sugars. Just a few months after Gaz came home with me, he really showed how helpful he could be.
I had been having problems with my blood sugar dropping throughout the night, to the point of me not waking up. With Gaz’s help, he ran downstairs and woke up my mom. He grabbed my meter kit and stopped every few steps to make sure my mom was following.
I don’t recall much of that morning other than “coming to” and Gaz being in my lap, I can’t even imagine what could have happened if it weren’t for him.
As technology improved, I got a new insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor (CGM). Even with these devices, Gaz is still reliably alerting to highs and lows before the CGM will read them.
As much lifesaving help as he has given me, it's time to let him take a break from giving directions and let a new co-pilot take lead. Gaz will be retiring by the end of the year, and enjoy a life of ease at home chasing tennis balls in his sleep. I have always been incredibly thankful for the work and help everyone sent when fundraising for Gaz, and I know it can be done again. This page is set to fundraise money for the dog that will become his successor.
We both want to thank everyone tremendously for their generous donations and help.
-- Carriella and Gaz
In the News
Mt. Airy News (2014): "A four-legged hero for Carriella"
Carriella Starnes’ life is like that of many teenagers — she recently received her learner’s permit, she is a junior at East Surry High School and is preparing to go to her first prom; she is a member of the National Honor Society. Just by looking at her, one would not be able to see anything different, and would not know the battle with diabetes Cariella has faced since she was diagnosed before the age of 1.
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Mt. Airy News (2019): "Pilot police add furry new officer"
“If you don’t have one, you don’t know. You don’t know the life-changing capabilities these dogs have,” Starnes said. “He doesn’t catch every alert … but he helps me. He helps me live. He helps me be ‘normal.’ … I don’t know where I would be without him. Would I be in a hospital? Would I even be alive?”
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About Client Fundraising Donations
You can make a donation to support an assistance dog placement with Carriella Starnes using this donation form. You will receive an email confirmation of your donation sent immediately, but the donation total and your name and comments may take up to an hour to update on the site. Your donation made on this page will offset the placement and training fees that EENP will charge for Carriella's placement. We will let Carriella know that you made a donation and will keep her updated on the total amount raised, but will not share the amount of individual donations with her.
The placement and training fees that EENP charges for our assistance dog placements cover less than half of the cost to raise, train, and place an assistance dog and then support the placement for the life of the partnership. If donations are received in excess of Carriella's goal, those donations will go toward EENP's general operations, supporting the full cost of our placements with Carriella and other clients.
Eyes Ears Nose and Paws is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization, and donations to EENP are generally tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. However, please note that donations made in support of a placement for a particular individual are generally NOT tax-deductible, per IRS guidance (see IRS Publication 526, page 6, column 2, "Contributions to Individuals", second bullet). If tax deductibility is important to you, please speak with your tax professional before donating to be sure that your donation is made in a way that meets your tax requirements.
Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919-807-2000. The license is not an endorsement by the State.