Local teen receives four-legged assistance in battle with diabetes

By TONI WALKER

DAINGERFIELD – When it comes to war, the term “boots on the ground” refers to military forces actually in the area, preparing for battle. For Kelbi Byrd, there are now “paws on the ground” in her battle with diabetes.

Kelbi was diagnosed with diabetes at age seven and over the last seven years, the disease has gradually made her body unable to determine if her sugar is high or low. In 2015, Kelbi and her family were introduced to Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers (SDWR). SDWR trains service dogs for a variety of conditions, from post-traumatic stress disorder to diabetes. In November, Kelbi’s family, along with the help of the entire community, began raising the necessary funds in order to get Bianca. The needed funds tallied $25,000, and Kelbi’s mother, Kristi, knew they would need help. So, in 2016, Byrd began organizing events to help raise funds.

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