Pumpkin Run helps to raise funds for Stevie’s diabetic alert dog



Stevie Jayde Beddo (center) of Pleasanton is pictured with her greatgrandmother, Rosemarie Frutchey of Selma and great-uncle Jerry Ashton of Denton. LISA LUNA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS PHOTOS

Stevie Jayde Beddo (center) of Pleasanton is pictured with her greatgrandmother, Rosemarie Frutchey of Selma and great-uncle Jerry Ashton of Denton. LISA LUNA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS PHOTOS

On Sunday, Nov. 7, 35 runners and walkers took part in the 2nd annual Wild Bill’s Pumpkin Fun Run, hosted by George Farms in Poteet. The celebration was part of Diabetes Awareness Month in November.

The event helped raise funds for a T1D diabetic alert dog for Stevie Jayde Beddo, age 6. Nov. 7 was also the 15th birthday of Max Wiggins, who attended the Fun Run with his diabetic alert dog, Diamond. After the awards ceremony, everyone joined in around Max to sing a touching rendition of “Happy Birthday.”

Top race winners were Eli Cruz, Overall Male and Cindy Sewell, Overall Female. Both are runners with TRiCiTy Road Warriors.

George Farms thanks the event sponsors: Jasik Hay Farms, Twin Oaks Laser Engraving, Southern Signs, Mac Haik’s Southway Ford, Texas Chihuahua Rescue, Jen Eric Live, Southside Transport HotShot Service, Adari Spa, Pleasanton Express, 5-L Liquor, Grandma & Papa Larry, D&W Leal Creations, Strawberry Pines, The Gypsy Moon Market and Farm to Familia Farmers Market.

Billy George (center) is pictured with his diabetic alert dog, Tex, and Kristi Urban (left) and KC Owens (right) of Tattle Tail Scent Dogs in Utah. Next to Owens is her diabetic alert dog.

Billy George (center) is pictured with his diabetic alert dog, Tex, and Kristi Urban (left) and KC Owens (right) of Tattle Tail Scent Dogs in Utah. Next to Owens is her diabetic alert dog.

Last year’s run and walk helped raise funds for Billy George’s T1D diabetic alert dog. The son of George Farms owners, Jennifer and James George, Billy received his dog named Tex the same week as the run. KC Owens and Kristi Urban of Tattle Tail Scent Dogs out of Utah took a special flight to bring Tex to his new owner.

The Pleasanton Express will be featuring these T1D warriors in this week’s and next week’s issues.

Stevie Jayde Beddo

Stevie attends Pleasanton Primary School and was diagnosed Aug. 31, 2017, shortly after her second birthday. Her mother Aleshia McDaris explained that at first, she thought Stevie had a stomach virus.

“So we had went to bed that night. We woke up and she had really bad labored breathing. We took her to the emergency room and when we got to the emergency room, they tested her sugar. Her sugars were 1,300.”

Stevie was in severe diabetic ketoacidosis. They took her by ambulance to Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma. When they got to Children’s Hospital, she went into a coma for four days. They spent the next five days in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, learning as much as possible about Type 1 Diabetes.

Stevie Jayde Beddo DIANA LEAL | COURTESY PHOTO

Stevie Jayde Beddo DIANA LEAL | COURTESY PHOTO

McDaris would like more people to be aware of the signs of Type 1 Diabetes.

“Be aware of excessive thirst, frequent urination, weight loss, being lethargic.”

She is often asked, “Well, can’t you control it with her eating and exercise?”

McDaris replies, “The answer to that is no. They don’t have a pancreas that works. So I guess the most part is just trying to teach people the difference between Type 2 diabetes and Type 1 diabetes.”

She monitors her daughter with finger pokes and an insulin pump called the t: slim X2.

Stevie has a 504 plan, which is a plan the endocrinologist makes for the school. According to the American Diabetes Association, the plan sets out the actions the school will take to make sure the student with diabetes is medically safe, has the same access to education as other children and is treated fairly.

Billy George visits with Max Wiggins, who celebrated his 15th birthday on Nov. 7, the day of the Pumpkin Fun Run. Wiggins attended with his diabetic alert dog, Diamond. LISA LUNA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS PHOTOS

Billy George visits with Max Wiggins, who celebrated his 15th birthday on Nov. 7, the day of the Pumpkin Fun Run. Wiggins attended with his diabetic alert dog, Diamond. LISA LUNA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS PHOTOS

“It’ll kind of explain how often her sugars need to be tested, her insulin to carb ratios and how to give insulin. That way if she’s low, she’s not allowed to walk down the halls by herself for safety reasons. To go to the nursing station, she’ll have to have somebody accompanying her. And then also that she can always have a snack in her bag or with the teacher because you don’t want somebody reprimanding her,” said McDaris. “It’s just to cover her and to cover the school.”

The buddy system helps Stevie because when one’s sugars are too high, they can have seizures.

“And when their sugars go too low, they can, obviously, pass out,” shared McDaris.

They applied for a diabetic alert dog and were accepted. The dog will aid in alerting Stevie before her levels are too high or too low, so she can take some insulin or have a snack. The dogs can tell what a person’s levels are by the smell of their breath and through their pores.

Top winners in the 2nd annual Wild Bill’s Pumpkin Fun Run hosted by George Farms were Eli Cruz, Top Overall Male and Cindy Sewell, Top Overall Female. LISA LUNA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Top winners in the 2nd annual Wild Bill’s Pumpkin Fun Run hosted by George Farms were Eli Cruz, Top Overall Male and Cindy Sewell, Top Overall Female. LISA LUNA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

“That’s also a sign of diabetes, sweet breath,” added McDaris.

Once the puppy is born, McDaris plans to fly to Utah and have a three-day training there. Then they can fly home with their new furry friend and continue training.

McDaris and her daughter were excited to be at George Farms the day of the Pumpkin Fun Run.

“I thought it was great. I’m glad for the turnout.”

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