Local fundraiser helps Justin get his service dog

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — After months of fundraising, a Bakersfield boy gets a service dog that could save his life.

When Justin Maness was 11, he discovered he had type 1 diabetes.

You may remember his story was featured on 17 News, after Justin became an ambassador for the Children’s Miracle Network.

Justin is now 16 and although he works hard to manage his diabetes, he often cannot tell when his blood sugar is low or high, which can lead to dangerous and even life-threatening situations.

But Justin’s service dog, named Journey, will detect blood sugar fluctuations faster than any medical device.

Unfortunately, insurance does not cover a diabetic service dog.

So Justin and his family had to raise thousands of dollars to send Journey to Diabetic Alert Dogs of America for training.

In December, Westchester Kiwanis of Bakersfield provided Justin and his family $25,000 for Journey training.

And on Friday, the club announced an additional payment of $12,000 and presented Justin and his family with the final check for Journey’s coaching.

To top it off, Justin reunited with Journey today after the dog spent two weeks in Las Vegas getting the training he needed.

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