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Vicki Santo honors Ron as she learns dogs help diabetics

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Dogs and children played big roles in Ron Santo's life. Here he is with his grandson Sam and three dogs, left to right: Hanna, Joker and Summer. Vicki Santo wants to bring awareness to alert dogs for diabetics.

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Joker, who was at Santo's side when he was ill during his last days, also died of cancer not long after Ron did.

This is Rebecca and her service dog Duke. Rebecca is diabetic and in third grade. She and Duke have been together for about 1˝ years, and Duke warns her when her blood sugar level is too high or too low.

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Ron Santo was the type who yelled at the TV during a ballgame, which scared the family's sensitive dog Joker. But Joker later proved to care about Ron.

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Chicago Cubs infielder Ron Santo in Scottsdale, Ariz., in 1971.

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Vicki Santo was shocked to learn there's a way dogs can help save diabetics' lives. Even Ron never knew about it, but now she wants to spread the word.
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    • Dogs and children played big roles in Ron Santo's life. Here he is with his grandson Sam and three dogs, left to right: Hanna, Joker and Summer. Vicki Santo wants to bring awareness to alert dogs for diabetics.
    • Joker, who was at Santo’s side when he was ill during his last days, also died of cancer not long after Ron did.
    •  This is Rebecca and her service dog Duke. Rebecca is diabetic and in third grade. She and Duke have been together for about 1˝ years, and Duke warns her when her blood sugar level is too high or too low.
    •  Ron Santo was the type who yelled at the TV during a ballgame, which scared the family’s sensitive dog Joker. But Joker later proved to care about Ron.
    •  Chicago Cubs infielder Ron Santo in Scottsdale, Ariz., in 1971.
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