Every day, families around the country are raising money so their children with disabilities can receive service dogs to improve their lives. You can learn about Christian Alford below. Please help make this dream come true!Browse All Dreams
We would like for you to meet our son Christian. He is our pride and joy!!
Christian was born January 16, 2013, a seemingly healthy boy. Between 12 months and 24 months of age, we noticed he did not talk as much as other children his age or play with other children in his class. He also made a humming noise most of the time. When he was 2 years old, we took him for his 24 month checkup and the doctor told us what we were already thinking. He wanted to have him further tested for Autism. In December of 2015 it was confirmed and our sweet Christian was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Speech and Language Disorder and Delayed Developmental milestones.
He is now 3-1/2 years old and communicates some, but many of his words are hard to understand unless you are around him all the time and just know what he is trying to say. He does not handle large groups of people well and does not handle being in new places or disruptions to his normal daily routine. He gets frustrated a lot because he sometimes cannot make everyone understand what he wants or needs, and sometimes harms himself during his frustration. He really has to be watched continuously because he is a climber and very active and does not understand danger. When in public, we have to hold tightly to him because he will run or wander away from us.
We came across some information about autism service dogs and decided to look around for possible ways to get one for our son. We stumbled upon an organization called 4 Paws for Ability in Ohio who provides service dogs trained especially for children like Christian. We went through the application process and were excited to hear that our son is approved and accepted into the program!! We feel a service dog will help our son become more social and to help with behavior disruption (self-harming, meltdowns) and Christian will be tethered to the dog in public places to help keep him from running or wandering away.
The money we raise will go to 4 Paws for Ability directly, to help them to care for and train these special animals. Our fundraising will help us obtain a service dog through 4 Paws for our son. This organization helps many children and adults who need an assistance or service dog for their disabilities and we are excited to help our son as well as help this organization continue their work for others in need.
Thank you for helping us, Bradley and Tiffany Alford
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 Christian Alford should be made directly to 4 Paws for Ability – be sure to write Christian Alford on the memo line.
Mail checks to: 4 Paws for Ability In Honor of Christian Alford 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 Christian Alford 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.