Shane Popiny

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shane-benMeet Shane Popiny! Shane is a 8 year old Stroke survivor and  has cerebral palsy  with foot deformity and expressive language disorder, along with other  medical diagnoses. 

Shane is a patient at Children’s hospital of Philadelphia  and is on their stroke and cerebral palsy team.  Our son receives botox  injections every 4-6 months  to his entire right side of his body while under anesthesia, and takes baclofen to help control his spasticity. The botox is  to release spasticity to help him walk and relieve pain. Shane walks with a walker to give him balance and has a motorized wheelchair if he is having a lot of pain and or fatigue. Shane needs help with a lot of things we take for granted such as getting dressed, brushing teeth, he needs assistance with eating certain foods , balance, and there are days when he can not walk, granted that never stops this kid! 

Shane  LOVES sports, especially basketball  the 76ers team! Shane never gives up and his smile will light the entire room.   Having a service dog means no walker for Shane as he would use his new service dog for balance.  How amazing that would be that Shane will become independent with help from a special friend .

The cost to train a 4 Paws assistance dog and place the dog with a disabled child is around $34,000. We are committed to raise $17,000 in support of the 4 Paws mission. The money we raise will go to 4 Paws directly, to help them to care for and train these special animals.

We are humbly asking you to please consider making a donation in honor of Shane Popiny. If you can help us  by donating to  4 Paws, be sure to include Shane’s name (“In Honor of Shane Popiny”) in the “Instructions to Merchant” through PayPal so that we receive the points from your donation.  Donations can also be made at or by mailing a check with “Shane Popiny” on the memo line of the check directly to: 

4 Paws for Ability

In Honor of Shane Popiny

253 Dayton Avenue 

Xenia, Ohio 45385

Thank you so much for helping our family raise funds to ensure that other children like Shane will have the same opportunity to get their own special dog! Our family would be most grateful for any assistance you can provide during our journey.