4 Paws for 2 Sisters
Meet Ella and Elaina Carson. The Carson family have 6 children, 4 of the children are biological and 2 are chosen (adopted). The 3 youngest all have Down Syndrome.
Ella was born Nov 2008. Our 4th child. Shortly after her birth the doctors informed us that Ella showed signs of having Down Syndrome, which was confirmed a couple days later through a blood test. Doctors told us that Ella would be delayed in many areas and she would need extensive therapies to help with speech, mobility, and just performing daily activities such as feeding and caring for herself. She would also need lots of encouragement to be active.
Ella is now an 8 yr old very energetic little girl that thrives to be active and loves to be outside. We have a hard time keeping her in one place. Ella loves to jump on the trampoline, swing on the swings, go down the slide, climb, run and play basketball. Basketball brings her so much joy as she feels accepted and part of a team. Because Ella has beat the odds and is so active, nothing holds her back. No locked doors, no fence, no fear, nothing! Ella has no judgement of what is safe and what is not, no qualms about silently walking out of the house or yard at any time of day or night and wandering who knows where. She requires 24hr supervision to keep her safe. We have placed alarms on the doors and she sleeps with us at night for safety. Having a child that wanders, leaves us worn and exhausted. We have also had to get the police involved a number of times to help us find Ella when she has wandered off.
After Ella turned 2 we felt called to adopt another child with Down Syndrome. That’s when we found Elaina. Elaina was born April 2011, 7 weeks early and weighed only 2lbs 12oz. She was super tiny, but a fighter. She spent 8 weeks in the NICU for growing before we could bring her home.
Already having a daughter with Down Syndrome we knew what to expect regarding her delays. We noticed at age 5 she had lost some of her skills in communication that she once had had and that she didn’t interact with her sisters or friends during play time. We knew it was more than just Down Syndrome and began to question whether Autism might be involved too. She was then given the duel diagnosis of Down Syndrome and Autism of April 2016 after being tested by a psychologist.
Elaina gives the biggest full body hugs, as she craves that deep pressure. She also loves to listen to music, swing and spin. She is a very active child and hates to sit still. Just like her older sister she also requires 24 hr supervision for wandering.
We have thought long and hard, weighed our options, and did our research and feel a service dog trained in tethering, tracking, and behavior disruption would benefit both of the girls. One dog will be cross-trained for both girls. We begun our journey with 4 Paws for Ability that is located in Xenia, Oh. Our family needs to raise $17,000 to help our girls obtain their service dog.
Please donate in Ella and Elaina Carson’s name to help us on our way. All donations are very much appreciated.
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Checks may be mailed to:
4 Paws for Ability
In honor or Ella and Elaina Carson
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Oh 45385
**Be sure to write on the memo line for “Ella and Elaina Carson” so they will get credit for your donation**
Donations can be made directly on the 4 Paws website at www.4pawsforability.org/donate-now . Include Ella and Elaina’s name in the “instructions to merchant” through PayPal. Online donations can also be made on our Razoo page: www.razoo.com/story/Yre30f.