August came into this world in April 2015 and already had big plans for shaking things up! August was diagnosed with Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis when he was 5 months old and it turned his family’s world upside down.
Unlike JIA, Systemic JIA can cause inflammation in the body’s internal systems and organs (heart, lungs, brain, etc.) as well as joints. While August has been fortunate in that he hasn’t had much joint involvement in his disease, he has experienced severe complications on more than one occasion and has had many hospitals stays, infusions, injections, tests, labs and the like in his 4 years of life. He even spent a year on oxygen due to complications with his lungs.
Now, as of October 2018, August is in remission from his disease and is doing great! He’s off medications and is loving his time away from shots and IVs. There’s no telling what the future holds for Gus, as far as remission and Systemic JIA, but for now he and his family are enjoying every healthy minute and continuing to raise awareness for this rare disease and its complications!
In June 2017, August was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Global Developmental Delay. At the time, August was behind developmentally (in comparison to peers) and had already begun therapy for speech and shortly after also began occupational and physical therapies. With a little guidance, it wasn’t long before August started catching up and he’s doing better and better all the time.
In 2018, August started pre-school in our local school district and has never been happier! August loves going to school and especially loves taking the bus. August sees speech, occupational and physical therapists at school and really enjoys it all. He even likes when he has therapy again after school!
August loves animals (especially sea animals), the alphabet, counting, Paw Patrol, his dogs Chai and Ruby, music, singing, dancing and movies! He’s the most curious child that his parents have ever met and loves experiencing new things and places. August is very close to his family and loves spending time at home with everyone.
Our hopes are that a service dog will bring comfort and offer extra safety for our curious August. August has a tendency to wander and we would love nothing more than an extra set of eyes and ears on him when we are out in the world. Even more than that, a service dog could be a life-saving addition to our family. August’s service dog will be trained to track his scent and tethering, so where August goes, his dog will go with him.
August often experiences anxiety in new places (and even familiar places) and a service dog can offer that comfort and normalcy, even when experiencing new things! Some other ways we are hoping a service dog can benefit August are with sleep, deep pressure therapy, therapy appointments and visits to the hospital for long appointments, labs or stays.
All in all, we really believe that this service dog will be a huge blessing for both August and our family and we cannot wait to see all of the ways having this companion can benefit August’s life!
Thank you so much for your donations, support and love!