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 Sydney Frace below. Please help make this dream come true!Browse All Dreams
Hello, I want to introduce my 11 year old daughter Sydney.
Sydney is a super smart and funny 6th grader. She loves anime, video games, swimming, family and her 2 cats. Sydney’s journey has not always been easy but you would never know looking at her that she has a form of epilepsy. Sydney has always had some issues with muscle tone and balance when growing up but we did not think much of it. She then was diagnosed with ADHD at 9 years old.
Fast forward to Jan 31st 2020...Sydney had her first seizure at home. We did not know what was going on and got to Children’s Hospital in Washington DC right away and saw an amazing pediatric neurologist, Dr. Difazio. After many tests and MRI,s Sydney was diagnosed with frontal cortical dysplasia (FCD), which is a form of epilepsy. It is a congenital abnormality where there is an abnormal organization of the layers of the brain and bizarre appearing neurons. FCD can be drug resistant and in some children may require brain surgery for management of seizures. All of Sydney’s prior diagnoses were because of the dysplasia that we did not know about at the time. Sydney is also seeing a geneticist at this time because her type of FCD may be genetic and we are trying to learn more about how this may affect her future.
Sydney luckily just celebrated one year seizure-free on Jan 31st, 2021 and is stable on her anticonvulsants. Sydney is very excited about getting a seizure dog to help with companionship, her muscle issues/ balance, and protecting her by notifying her loved ones before she has a seizure, even if it is in her sleep. We are in the process of raising the service fee for Sydney’s seizure dog.
Thank you for thinking of Sydney and our family and donating towards this amazing opportunity for her.
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 Sydney Frace should be made directly to 4 Paws for Ability – be sure to write Sydney Frace on the memo line.
Mail checks to: 4 Paws for Ability In Honor of Sydney Frace 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 Sydney Frace 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.