Thank you for visiting my fundraising page! My name is Addison and I’m fundraising for an amazing charity, 4 Paws for Ability. If I fundraise $17,000.00 I can move on to the next step to get my service dog! A service dog will help me navigate the world with more independence and confidence. The dog will be trained to stand still so I can balance when I’m not feeling steady on my feet. Help guide me around when my eyes and ears fail me. Be my friend when my Autism makes me feel alone and scared. Comfort me when I meltdown because the world has become too much for my system to handle. Keep me safe by allowing me to be tethered to him/her so I can’t run off and get hurt. Help mom and dad to keep me safe when we are in public places. Most importantly allow me to explore the world in a safe way. Now a little bit about me!
I was born prematurely at 30 weeks gestation. I spent 54 days in the NICU. The one thing you should know about me is that I’m a fighter. I was born fighting and haven’t stopped. I have a rare genetic mutation called Axenfeld-Rieger’s Syndrome. I was home from the NICU for two days when my parents found out I had glaucoma. I have had 4 surgeries just to control the pressures in my eye. As a result, I have no depth perception and am still learning how to trust my vision. At two months old I had heart surgery to fix a congenital heart defect. I also am hard of hearing so learning about my world has been difficult and scary. I’m non-verbal, so I get frustrated easily when I can’t tell mom and dad what I need or want and they are left guessing. If that wasn’t enough for one child to face, I also have autism and sensory processing disorder. Doctors have also said my vasculature is “abnormal,” but who wants to be normal anyway.
We are Kate and Josh and we are Addison’s parents. Addison is indeed a fighter. She has had to fight for every milestone she has reached. She still suffers from severe delays and we are told she will probably never catch up to her peers. Because of the problems with the vessels in her brain, as she ages she will process things slower and slower. We love her so much and continue to fight for her so she can experience all the great things this world has to offer. A service dog will allow us to be able to take her to more places. Right now we are limited because Addison has no self awareness. She doesn’t understand that moving cars can hurt her. She doesn’t understand that she needs to move out of the way when a child is running down the hall at school. This dog will be able to keep her safe and she will know that the dog will never lead her somewhere that she will get hurt. We appreciate your support more then you know.
It costs at least $46,000 to specially train a dog for Addison. Families cover only a portion of that cost. We are fundraising to help cover the fee required to provide her with a life-changing service dog. Donations in support of Addison should be made directly to 4 Paws for Ability – be sure to write Addison White on the memo line. Mail checks to:
4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Addison White
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio, 45385.
If you wish to make an online donation, the website is www.4pawsforability.org/donate-now. Include Addison’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 for Your Support and Love,
The White Family