TEXAS (WCIV) -- What started as a volunteer project in part of the reason a 7-year-old boy is still alive.
The boy's family volunteered to play with diabetic alert dogs. The dogs are able smell when their owner's blood sugar level hits a dangerous level, and one of the dogs started pawing at the 7-year-old.
That's when the family had the boy tested for diabetes.
"If we wouldn't have been here I probably would have never knew that he was a diabetic, and the dogs alerted me that he was a diabetic," said the boy's mother, Kenyetta Carter.
People with Type 1 diabetes benefit most from alert dogs.
According to the American Diabetes Association, about one in every 400 children has one form of diabetes.