Beachum Wilder’s 4 Paws Adventure
Howdy, y’all! Let me introduce you to Beachum – he’s our amazing 9 year old who loves to be in costume pretending to be different people, acting out his favorite stories, outside on “adventure walks,” watching YouTube, and coloring the world with his art work! Beachum hit the typical milestones in the early months of life, however, began displaying delays, which were significantly evident when he didn’t walk or talk at 15 months. We started with Early Childhood Intervention in our home and moved into language programs when he became old enough. It was there that he was observed to exhibit other behaviors, not related to his language dysfunction. We went through a lot of testing & he was eventually diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. We have continuously been in Speech Therapy since ECI at 18 months, spent years in ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) Therapy, in addition to many other therapy programs to provide him with the skills he needs to be the most successful.
In our prayers for additional help, since our situation is every changing, some sweet friends made us aware of 4 Paws For Ability. We were overwhelmed about the possibilities a service dog could provide for Beachum. An Autism Assistance Service Dog can be trained to track Beachum, since he has a tendency to run away, aid in behavior deflection, especially his tendency to self-harm when stressed or anxious, help him get through haircuts & dental visits, reduce meltdowns, aid in social situations, & gain independence in life. We feel a service dog will significantly improve the quality of his life.
In order to get Beachum the service dog we strongly feel he needs, we are partnering with 4 Paws for Ability, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to place quality service dogs with children with disabilities and veterans who have lost use of limbs or hearing; help with animal rescue, and educate the public regarding use of service dogs in public places. Training an Autism Assistance Service Dog is not a simple task, costing at least $40,000 to train and place a single dog. So in return, we are have agreed to raise $17,000 to fund a portion of the cost. Once we are fully funded, we can be begin the process of being matched with Beachum’s dog, which will take about 24 months (many other organizations have 3-5 year waiting lists). The sooner we raise the funds required, the quicker Beachum will have his fur-buddy!
This is where you come in: Family and Friends of Beachum, as well as all of you other generous people who see how important this cause is to us, we are humbly asking you to donate to meet our fundraising goal. You can make donations at: https://www.razoo.com/story/4-Paws-For-Beachum. You can also follow us on Facebook – “Beachum’s 4 Paws Adventure” https://www.facebook.com/Beachums4PawsBuddy/. Please consider sharing our pages, too, so we can reach more people who are able to support us. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for considering any assistance you can provide for our cause. All donations are greatly appreciated!
If you do not want to donate online, you can mail a check to 4 Paws for Ability with “In Honor of Beachum Wilder” on the memo line to:
4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Beachum Wilder
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, OH 45385
Thank you for your support!