Melissa Wilson, a teacher at Idyllwild Arts Academy for the past 12 years, has a daughter, Amara, 14, with Type 1 diabetes.

Amara has had the disease since age 2-1/2. Mother and daughter, who live on campus, are raising funds for a diabetes alert service dog to help keep Amara safe and healthier overall.

These dogs are trained like FBI drug-detecting dogs but, instead, detect blood sugar levels. The dog will alert Amara before she hits dangerous levels.

The family needs to raise $9,000. For more information, view Amara’s video at or email Wilson at [email protected].