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Parents trying to get diabetic therapy dogs to help twins live 'normal' life

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ADAIRSVILLE, GA (CBS46) -

Twins Connor and Cameron Huff of Adairsville love ganging up on their older brother. But, when they are not acting like 7-year-olds they are learning their new normal - dealing with diabetes.

Their parents said they think they have found what could be a lifesaver - diabetic alert dogs. The challenge is that two dogs for the boys cost $30,000.

Both boys were diagnosed two years ago with Type 1 diabetes. They wear insulin pumps and have learned to check their blood sugar.

For their parents, the days and nights are a constant struggle of managing the boys' disease. Blood sugar levels that are too high or too low are dangerous, potentially causing organ problems, coma and even death.

"It's like having newborn children in our home again. We're up several times a night checking blood sugar," said Stefanie Huff, Connor and Cameron's mom.

Huff learned about diabetic alert dogs from a friend. She said she has already been in touch with Drey's Alert Dogs out of Texas which specializes in alert dogs for diabetic patients. The dogs are trained to detect dangerous swings in blood sugar. They alert the patient and are trained to get help.

"They can sense highs and lows 20 to 40 minutes sooner than a meter," said Huff. "In my eyes, as a mom, these dogs are priceless."

The Huff family has held small fundraisers called spirit nights at local restaurants to share their story.

The family plans to get two Labrador retrievers. The boys said the pups names will be Rocky and Sonny.

"I want them to live what I feel is a normal childhood and I feel these dogs would give them that, and the same time give me peace," said Huff.

If you'd like to help the Huff family, visit http://www.gofundme.com/6t67i8 or http://www.youcaring.com/nonprofits/a-dad-for-us/132594.

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