Luke was born at 34 weeks after an emergency C-section. He was not breathing for 6 minutes and was flown by medical helicopter to the NICU at Wake Forest Brenner Children’s Hospital. Luke spent 63 days in the NICU and had 3 surgeries. Luke has since been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. This impacts Luke in many ways. He has difficulty with motor skills and oral communication. He needs assistance to sit, stand, or walk. He loves to be independent but struggles with mobility.
We have thought long and hard, did our research, and feel that a service dog could help Luke a great deal. Our hope is a highly, specially trained dog could assist Luke with mobility in a wheelchair or in a walker. The mobility assistance dog could help Luke open doors, pick up objects, and carry his school backpack. It would help our family feel secure that Luke will be able to be with the caring, service dog at school and help him through the challenging times when we can’t be at school.
We have begun our journey with the organization “4 Paws for Ability,” founded in 1998. It is a non profit organization based in Ohio that specializes in training and providing services dogs to primarily children with disabilities. Our family needs to raise $17,000+ to help Luke obtain his mobility assistance dog.
Please donate in Luke Spond’s name to help us on our way. All donations are very much appreciated.
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Checks may also be mailed directly to:
4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Luke Spond
253 Dayton Avenue
Xenia, Ohio 45385
**Be sure to write on the memo line of the check for “LUKE SPOND” so he gets credit for your donation.**