On August 15, 2017, Councilman Eugene Cook and the Huntington Town Board presented a proclamation to Emma Brussels for her courageous and creative approach to use her artistic talents to start a Facebook page, Emma’s Journey, to raise the money for a diabetic service dog of her own.  This presentation was especially dear to Councilman Cook’s heart because he was diagnosed at age 12 with type 1 diabetes like Emma.

Emma having been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at a very young age knows how important a diabetic alert dog can be.  Through every hurdle in life, including her illness, resilience has inspired and motivated her to never take no for an answer and perseveres through every challenge; allowing her to raise the money needed for Journey her service dog that she is awaiting.


A diabetic alert dog could be the difference between life and death by providing a warning up to 30 minutes before a crisis but with the cost of 15,000 dollars to raise and train it may be cost prohibitive for some.  With approximately, 1.25 million Americans are living with type 1 diabetes including about 200,000 children and Emma knowing the difference it will make in her quality of life, it is now her mission, through her not-for profit, Emma’s Journey, to bring attention to the importance of these amazing animals and help other children get the dogs they so crucially need. 


Emma made her own presentation to Councilman Cook a picture of a yellow lab that surprisingly not only resembles his dog Cookie, but Emma’s service dog Journey.  Councilman Cook announced at the Town Board meeting that he will be donating the picture to the Town of Huntington to be displayed after it is framed to bring awareness to not only Emma’s Journey but to type one diabetes. 

Picture By Nicholas Wieland


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