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Oak Harbor boy needs peanut sniffing' dog

06:09 PM PDT on Monday, April 20, 2009

 

By MEG COYLE / KING 5 News

 

OAK HARBOR, Wash. - School's out for 7-year-old Logan Gonzales. He's made it through another day where he didn't have to go to the hospital, a terrifying ritual that has become almost routine. And it's all because of a life-threatening peanut allergy.

"Any contact or someone breathing on him after eating peanuts will set him off to where he starts getting mappy on his skin and it's hard for him to breathe," says dad Derick Gonzales.

That makes going to school at Oak Harbor's Crescent Elementary or any place else for that matter, a risky venture.

Logan's peanut allergy is so severe he's been hospitalized once a month for the last year.  Every reaction becomes more terrifying for his family.

"Maybe this could be the one that might kill him," says Gonzales.

That's why doctors say a peanut-sniffing dog would be so beneficial.  It would be able to detect the exposure before it's too late.

"The dog would sniff things out to make sure it's ok for Logan to have contact with them or play with them," says Gonzales.

The problem is the price tag.  Gonzales' construction business has fallen on hard times and his wife only works part-time.  They simply can't afford the $12,000 price tag for a peanut dog. That's where Erica Schumacher comes in.

"A friend of mind works for the Gonzales' insurance company and told me how this boy needs a peanut dog but that insurance wouldn't cover it. I was a fundraiser in a former life so I decided to take it on," she said.

So far, Schumacher has raised $500

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