Cameron is a typical 13 year old boy who loves to play video games and ride his bike. He also loves to play with his cars and trucks, and go swimming. However, things were never very easy for Cameron from the very beginning. When he was born his stomach was not attached to his esophagus and he was flown to another hospital to have a 7 hour surgery, where they gave him a 50/50 chance to live. However, our little survivor pulled through. That was the first challenge in his life, and since then he has many others to deal with. Cameron was diagnosed with autism, an intellectual disability, and most recently, epilepsy. Cameron has always struggled with anxiety and has repetitive behaviors, but ever since the seizures have started his behaviors have changed. He now has a lot of meltdowns and becomes more confrontational. He seems much more distressed and not at peace many times. It makes us very sad to see our sweet little boy this way.
Cameron is very excited that he has been accepted to get a service dog. We feel a service dog could add a lot value to his life. The service dog could help to calm him when having a meltdown, help to disrupt repetitive behaviors, help with his anxiety (especially with all his doctors appoints, he gets very anxious), form a social bridge with other kids, help with life skills and responsibility with caring for the dog, and alert if Cameron is having a seizure.
Training a service dog can be very costly. On average it costs between $40,000-60,000 to raise, train, and place a service dog at 4 Paws for Ability. However, this wonderful organization requires us to only raise $17,000 of that amount and am hoping that we can receive assistance to make Cameron’s dream come true.
Donations in support of Cameron should be made directly to 4 Paws for Ability – be sure to write Cameron’s name on the memo line. Mail checks to:
4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Cameron Stowe
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio, 45385
If you wish to make an online donation, the website is https://4pawsforability.org/donate-now/. Include Cameron’s name in the memo line so that the amount is credited to his account.
We would greatly appreciate any support you could give!