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 Emery Nisbett below. Please help make this dream come true!

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Emery Nisbett


Dreamer Emery Nisbett

“Meet Emery, Emmy for short. She is a sweet 1 1/2-year-old little girl born with a rare genetic mutation-EEF1A2 causing epilepsy, development delay, learning disabilities, hypertonia, and sometimes autism. Seizures started around 6 months of age, occurring hundreds of times a day. After hospital stays, EEG monitoring, MRI, medical ketogenic diet, and seizure medication, Emery continues her fight against epilepsy daily.

Epilepsy looks different for everyone and can change rapidly. For Emmy, her seizures mainly last 1-2 seconds. These occurred 100’s of times in the beginning where she would lose all control of her body and drop to the floor or head drop forward possibly hitting her highchair or other surface. After starting medical ketogenic diet to help control seizures, Emery stopped having “drop attacks”. Now, when Emmy has a seizure her left-hand jerks up to her mouth lasting 1-2 seconds. Once on the ketogenic diet Emmy started having less seizures, about 60-100 daily. Emmy has found additional relief from seizures from a medication, and we have hopes to eliminating them completely.

Emmy also suffers from hypertonia. Hypertonia is low muscle tone, making it hard to move around and gain balance. Currently Emmy has learned how to scoot around the house to get what she wants. Hopefully Emmy will crawl or walk soon with the help of physical and occupational therapy. Emmy also has a speech delay. Currently has no words. She can point and reach for what she wants or needs as her main form of communication. She also expresses herself with outburst when unhappy. During outburst she sometimes flings her head backwards and cries out.

Emmy enjoys interacting with other people and animals as well. She shows interest in animals, so we know having a service dog will be great! Placing a service dog will offer some independence as Emmy grows. The service dog will be trained to sense and warn of seizures, companionship, comfort (especially during routine EEG monitoring), retrieve items, and provide mobility support. This will be life changing for Emmy’s quality of life as well as her family.

If you would like to contribute towards Emery’s service dog, please donate here https://www.facebook.com/donate/305032234455888/

Your entire contribution will be put towards Emery’s goal of $17,000. We appreciate all the support from friends, family and all donations made.”

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 Emery Nisbett should be made directly to 4 Paws for Ability – be sure to write Emery Nisbett on the memo line.

Mail checks to: 4 Paws for Ability In Honor of Emery Nisbett 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 Emery Nisbett 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.