Adam looking for a homerun in service dog
Hi, my name is Shonda Lucas and I want to tell you a story about a little boy, my little boy, Adam. From the outside Adam looks like any other five year old boy. He’s cute, he loves superheroes and playing in the park. He’s bright, energetic, loves kindergarten and playing baseball. His big, bright smile brings joy to everyone he meets.
Only, he isn’t like every other five year old. Adam was born with a virus (Congenital CMV) that left him with several different disabilities including: brain damage, cerebral palsy, hearing loss, developmental delays, behavior issues, sensory processing disorder, and lack of impulse control (to name a few of his challenges). He has meltdowns and Adam will run away when he gets overwhelmed by a situation.
Now imagine Adam, being able to go to the local grocery store without a meltdown because he has his professionally trained service dog with him who helps keep him calm. Imagine Adam having a few ‘feet’ of independence, being tethered to his dog walking through the mall and not riding in a stroller or wheel chair just so he doesn’t escape and run off if he gets overwhelmed. Imagine me, his mom, having a sense of security knowing that if he should run away his service dog could track him and find him quickly, quite possibly saving his life!!!!!
It costs 4 Paws for Ability an estimated $22,000.00 to train each dog they provide for children like Adam. Yes, you read that right, $22,000.00. It may seem like a steep price but when you KNOW that these dogs are trained to help an adult with Epilepsy go out safely into the community or that they help a Veteran work through their PTSD… when you KNOW how a trained service dog can give a family peace knowing their child has a loving, gentle companion and that the dog may be the only ‘living being’ a child with autism will relate to… When you KNOW a specially trained tracking dog could save a life, maybe even ADAM’S one day- that training is priceless!!
Adam has partnered with 4 Paws for Ability (a 503c charity) to raise $13,000.00, helping to allow 4 Paws for Ability to train a dog for a child or adult like Adam… In return for helping raise this money, 4 Paws for Ability will match Adam with his very own service dog!!!
Thank you so much for your willingness to help Adam and 4 Paws for Ability!
With my sincerest thanks!
Shonda Lucas – Adam Lucas’s Mom
It will cost 4 Paws $22,000 to place a multi-purpose dog with Adam Lucas. We are committed to raising $13,000 in support of the 4 Paws mission and can reach our goal with your help. If you can help us with a tax-deductible donation, please visit 4 Paws Donation Page (http://www.4PawsForAbility.org/donate-now). Include the name, Adam Lucas in the “instructions to merchant” through PayPal. Or mail a check with her name on the memo line to: 4 Paws for Ability, In Honor of Adam Lucas, 253 Dayton Ave., Xenia, Ohio 45385.