Hi! I’m Zachary, I am very energetic, I love to climb trees, run, jump, and math is my favorite subject in school. Pandas are my favorite animal but I love to cuddle all my stuffed animals, I am very sweet and care about all living things. Green is my favorite color and watching superhero cartoons it the best! Oh, I also happen to have autism. I was diagnosed just before I started preschool.
What does it mean to have autism? It means that I learn in a different way than others. Speech, feeding therapy, physical therapy, occupational and ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapies have opened so many doors and opportunities! My therapists make it fun to learn by playing games, and letting me help pick things we get to do, like doing therapy outside or at my favorite place to eat.
My mommy has a friend that has a service dog and has told my mommy what a service dog can do for me. So she decided to look at getting my very own dog! A dog that will be trained to help me through different behaviors I have, such as calming me down when I get really upset. The coolest part, my dog will be trained for search and rescue! I’m a little ninja and can figure ways out of anywhere, without people knowing and I am super fast too. I also REALLY like to hide. If I take off running, my dog will be able to go find me!
My family works very hard to make sure I get the same opportunities as my siblings, it’s not always easy and my family works hard to help me but in the end all that matters is that I am loved.
It costs at least $40,000 to specially train a dog for Zachary. Families cover only a portion of that cost, a fee of $17,000. We are fundraising to help cover the fee required to provide him with a life-changing service dog. Donations in support of Zachary should be made directly to 4 Paws for Ability – be sure to write Zachary Verbanac on the memo line. Mail checks to:
4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Zachary Verbanac
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio, 45385.
If you wish to make an online donation, the website is www.4pawsforability.org/donate-now . Include Zachary’s name in the “instructions to merchant” through PayPal. You may also call to make a credit card donation over the phone at (937) 374-0385 – Monday thru Friday 9AM to 4PM EST.
Thank you so much for helping my family and I raise funds to ensure that other kids like me & our military veterans, have the same opportunity in getting their own special dog!