Meet seven-year-old Caylee Marshall. Caylee has had a lot of health issues since birth. She was an extremely high risk pregnancy. She was born blue at 32 weeks. Later in NICU, she stopped breathing. She is developmentally delayed and started First Steps when she was about five months old. She is now in rehab at King’s Daughters’ Health doing OT and PT. Her parents, Danelle and Kenneth, are continually searching for ways to help their daughter become more independent. Their search led to 4 Paws for Ability, and they learned that a Mobility Assistance Dog would be able to help Caylee.
A Little Girl with a Lot of Determination
Caylee’s main diagnosis is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Symptoms include overly flexible joints that can dislocate. Her ankles and knees dislocate quite often, and her legs give out on her at times. She falls frequently and suffers from chronic joint pain. She also experiences leg and back spasms. Mom, Danelle, says, “We were once told Caylee may never walk, but God and Caylee had other plans! Caylee has a huge mass on her lower spine, and her neurologist diagnosed her with tethered cord. She had surgery for the tethered cord in 2013. The mass was ten times thicker than expected. They were not able to get it all out. She has trouble with her feet turning in and tiptoeing.”
In addition, Caylee has been diagnosed with mild Cerebral Palsy. She also has severe anteversion, hyper flexibility, asthma, sensory processing disorder, and ADHD. This little girl has been through a lot in her short, little life. She’s had several surgeries and has a lot of emotional issues.
How a Mobility Assistance Dog Can Help
Caylee uses braces that are ankle foot orthosis with noodle ankle foot orthosis and knee braces.
The dog will be able to help with balance and retrieval. The dog will also be trained to bark for help should she fall. The dog will also be trained to do behavior disruption to help calm Caylee when an emotional event occurs.
How the Community Can Help
It will cost 4 Paws over $22,000 to train a dog for Caylee. The family is raising $15,000 in support of the 4 Paws’ mission to qualify for a free service dog. To help Caylee get her much needed service dog, there are several ways to help:
Make a tax-deductible donation:
Please visit the 4 Paws Donation page (http://www.4PawsForAbility.org/donate-now). Include Caylee’s name (“In Honor of Caylee Marshall”) in the “Instructions to Merchant” through PayPal or through her FirstGiving site at http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/danelle-marshall/CayleeMarshallsFundraisingPage
Mail a check with Caylee’s name on the memo line to:
4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Caylee Marshall
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, OH 45385