Cannon was a happy, healthy, thriving 2 (almost 3) year old when all of a sudden, within a few short weeks…..he disappeared. He initially stopped talking, making any eye contact whatsoever, and acknowledging anyone’s presence. His obsessions became his world and anyone who tried to stop him from engaging in that world was unwelcome. The diagnosis…..Autism. And eventually Hyperlexia, Focal Seizure Disorder, Severe Sensory Processing Disorder, and 4 more issues were added to this unfortunate list that now defined our child. Complicated and out of control became a constant state of being for our sweet boy. When you are a person living with Autism…..you can tend to feel like the world around you is trying to attack you. You want to retreat into a world that is safe….one that you create and is all your own. It has been my husband’s and my mission as Cannon’s parents to try to meet him in his world and draw him into ours.
Unfortunately, there is quite a bit more to the story. After the initial diagnoses, then came the stomach problems. And these were so severe that no diet changes or medicines could halt them. Cannon spent the better part of a 2 year span in the hospital. Eventually a rare device called a Chait Button was implanted in his abdomen to daily do the work his colon could not. His stomach problems have persisted to include chronic Anemia, Severe Bacterial Overgrowths in his G.I. tract, and Gastroparesis (paralysis of the stomach). We are currently waiting to find out if he will need more surgery very soon. To keep it simple…..Cannon lives in pain….everyday. And that may not change. In an effort to improve his quality of life, we are seeking to acquire this amazing animal. To love him, to bond with him, to guide him, to comfort him, and to protect him from himself and the world around him.
Overall, one of our biggest hopes for this process is that Cannon will build on the newfound independence and confidence we feel having the dog will bring him and be more social, and calm the storm within while doing new things as well as those that have scared him in the past. To branch out and allow himself to be a true part of our world. Not just a reluctant visitor in it.
So, it is with a very humbled heart that I ask you to come alongside us. To help us in our partnership with 4 Paws for Ability. To make this chance at a calmer, happier, more independent, and safe life a reality for some very special people. Hopefully our special little man. Our precious gift that we believe could truly, truly benefit from living and working daily with this incredible animal. May God bless you as you go forth from this page!
It will cost 4 Paws $22,000 to place a multi-purpose dog with Cannon Molthan. We are committed to raising $14,000 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, Cannon Molthan in the “instructions to merchant” through PayPal. Or mail a check with his name on the memo line to: 4 Paws for Ability, In Honor of Cannon Molthan, 253 Dayton Ave., Xenia, Ohio 45385.