Brian Krans Hernandez is the 10-year-old grandson of retired Poway Fire Chief Bob Krans and his wife Barbara. Brian was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of two. Now a fifth-grader, he has been living with extreme blood sugar variations for eight years.
Recently, the family found a company that can provide a specially trained dog that will be able to sense fluctuations in Brian's blood sugar and potentially head off a deadly situation. Twice in the last year, Brian has been taken to Rady Children's Hospital with diabetic ketoacidosis, and in one case given a 20 percent chance of survival. If his blood sugar fluctuates while he's sleeping he can slip into a coma without warning.
The cost of the dog and training
is $20,000, and that's where you come in. Members of the Poway Kiwanis Club, of
which Bob Krans is a past President, have organized a fundraising dinner and
auction to help raise the money. They're calling the event Brian's Blessing, and
it will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, at the home of Ernie
and Patti Ryder.
In addition to hosting the event, Patti is head of the
non-profit foundation that will handle the money raised. The casual dress event
will be emceed by News 8 meteorologist Shawn Styles.
Poway City Councilman Jim
Cunningham will serve as auctioneer. Auction items include an autographed
guitar and a one-week luxury condo stay in Cabo San Lucas. Tickets for the
event may be purchased at The Watch Man, 13434 Poway Road, and are also
available on the Poway Kiwanis website, www.powaykiwanis.org.
If you can't attend but would like to donate, mail your contribution to The Summit for Children Worldwide, 16955 Via Del Campo, suite 115, San Diego, Ca. 92127.
Bark for Life
We mentioned it several
weeks ago and it's happening this weekend. Bark For Life is this Saturday,
Sept. 21, at Bates Nut Farm, 15954 Woods Valley Rd. in Valley Center,
beginning at 8 a.m.
The noncompetitive walk for dogs and their families is to
raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society's fight against
cancer. According to the Society, one in three people will be diagnosed with
cancer at some time during their lifetime. If they're lucky, they'll have a
four-legged companion by their side, while on the road to recovery, giving
unconditional love, joy and compassion without judgments about the cancer
survivor's abilities and appearances.
If you haven't registered to walk go to www.relayforlife.org/barkvalleycenterca.
Need Document Shredding?
Reduce your paper clutter safely and help the Poway High PTSA this Saturday, Sept. 21, from 8 a.m. to noon. The shred-a-thon will be happening in the Poway High School north parking lot, 15500 Espola Rd. The cost per box is $5 and you don't have to remove staples or clips. For more details email email@example.com.
Fruit, Vegetable Pickers Needed
The Backyard Produce Project provides fresh fruits and vegetables to local families in need from local residential gardens and orchards willing to donate their produce. While some choose to drop off their bounty on the 4th Thursday of the month, Backyard Produce offers to harvest it for you and is in current need of volunteers who are willing to do that. It is an enjoyable outdoor group activity. If you have the time to help call Jane Radatz at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 858-485-5449.