Courtney lives with a variety of health conditions (Cerebral Palsy, Autism, OCD, Sensory Integration problems) that have impacted her ability to live independently. One of the most impactful conditions that she lives with is Epilepsy, which affects her every day. She is on a plethora of medications, natural remedies and has a VNS implanted in her chest to help regulate her seizures. All of these resources greatly help decrease her seizures, however, it is still something that she deals with frequently.
Courtney has been accepted through the 4 Paws for Ability organization to have her VERY OWN SEIZURE ALERT DOG! After a thorough application process, she was selected to receive her very own companion who can not only alert her when she is about to have a seizure but also let those around her know that she has had a seizure. These dogs are amazing animals and come at a price and applicants are encouraged to fundraise for the $17,000 that they cost. They are bred to meet Courtney’s specific needs and receive extensive training over a period of time. Once funds are raised, Courtney will attend a 12-day extensive training session with the selected dog before bringing it home. Unfortunately, none of the cost for a service dog is covered under insurance. It will truly be worth every penny to help improve Courtney’s quality of life and help her gain more independence. Those that know and love Courtney can imagine how impactful such a dog would be for her! She is so excited at the thought of having her very own furry companion, too!
We have created a fundraising page in hopes of starting to raise the funds for this amazing dog to come into Courtney’s life! The organization does not start the breeding and training process until the funds are raised, so we are eager to get this step in the journey going!
For more information on what a seizure alert dog is and the organization, visit their website at the following link: https://4pawsforability.org/seizure-assistance-dog/
It costs 4 Paws between $40,000-60,000 to raise and properly train a service dog for each person. Families pay a fee for service ($17,000) that only represents a small portion of that total cost.
Checks by mail: Please make checks out to 4 Paws for Ability and please make sure to write the child’s name on your check memo line – “In honor of Courtney Golin.”
4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Courtney Golin
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio, 45385.
Online donations: https://www.razoo.com/story/Courtney4pawsforability
By phone: You may also call to make a credit card donation over the phone at (937) 374-0385 – Monday thru Friday 9AM to 4PM EST.