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Alexijane "AJ" Oliveira-Golden
My child’s full name is Alexijanae Kanani Oliveira-Golden. She had medical issues at birth. She is suffering from a rare disorder called Schizencephaly. Texas Children’s Hospital diagnosed her with Dyskinetic quadropalegic cerebral palsy in 2008.
She has clefts in the hemisphere surface. It’s a disorder that takes place in normal neuron migration during the second trimester. At this time, primitive neuron precursors migrate from just beneath the Ventricular ependyma to the peripheral hemispheres where they form the cortical grey matter, causing quadriparesis.
Alexijanae also has microgyria on her brain, which they say is attributed to a genetic defect. She doesn’t walk, doesn’t have good arm reach, and is hard to understand; however she is very smart and cognitive. Her limbs and tongue muscle are her main issues.
She needs a service dog more than anyone I know. We face challenges every day. She wants independence, freedom, she wants to dance and be in gymnastics, she wants to do her own dressing and take her own shoes off...but she can’t.
She also has Septo-optic dysplasia and has had two eye surgeries. Plus, she just had her hip sliced in two and put back together. She needs help doing everything; however, she is in normal grade school classes.
Alexijanae loves kids and life! She needs a chance in life to make it! She loves Disney and we want to go. She is outgoing and a leader. She loves our church. She wants to become a singer, loves high school musicals, and she loves watching her older brother.
We heard about 4 Paws for Ability (a nonprofit agency) and their Mobility Service Dogs. We think obtaining a dog for Alexijanae would be beneficial to her and us. 4 Paws has a unique approach to placement. They partner with their clients and by doing so are able to place dogs without a long waiting list. A service dog would be ideal because it would give Alexijanae independence, help, support, and a 24/7 friend.
I want so much for Alexijanae and her sister Alia to have everything life has to offer, including excellent gymnastics and dance. Alexijanae loves to sing and maybe at some point she can have a scholarship for voice lessons. She’s getting an awesome education. There are many things she yearns to do, like play baseball. And someday she wants to get married and have children.
Thank you for reading Alexijanae's story!
How Can You Help?
It costs 4 Paws between $40,000-$60,000 to raise, train, and place a service dog. Our family has to raise $17,000 of that to pay for a service dog.
Donations by check in support of Alexijane "AJ" Oliveira-Golden should be made directly to 4 Paws for Ability – be sure to write Alexijane "AJ" Oliveira-Golden on the memo line.
Mail checks to: 4 Paws for Ability In Honor of Alexijane "AJ" Oliveira-Golden 207 Dayton Ave. Xenia, Ohio, 45385
If you wish to make an online donation directly through the 4 Paws For Ability website, click HERE. Be sure to include Alexijane "AJ" Oliveira-Golden in the memo line so that the amount is credited to the correct account!
If you would prefer to make a credit card payment over the phone, please call 4 Paws For Ability at 973-374-0385, Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm.