Thank you so much for joining us on this adventure to bring home Lina’s service dog from 4 Paws for Ability in Ohio. We are the Yakimov family from California. We have three children Karina, Lev, and Lina. Lina is a sweet, kind very social 10 year old girl, who loves animals, blowing big bubbles, and playing with balls.
Lina began having seizures when she was 3 months old. She continued having them frequently and they were from 10 minutes to 20 minutes long. We have tried a few anti-epileptic medications in various combinations, but they were not working to prevent the seizures. The neurologist in Sacramento had referred us to get second opinion at UCSF of San Francisco to get tested for SMEI (severe myoclonic epilepsy of infancy) or Dravet Syndrome. At the age of 4 years old Lina was diagnosed with Dravet Syndrome and some rare gene mutations. The Dravet website explains Dravet Syndrome as “lifelong, catastrophic, epilepsy.” Some of the characteristics that Lina has due to her syndrome are developmental delays, speech and language delays, behavioral delays, movement and balance issues, sleeping difficulties, sensitivity to lights and problems regulating her body temperature and sweating.
So, how would a seizure assistance dog help Lina?
Her service dog will likely to be able to alert to oncoming seizures, so Lina will be allowed much more independence in and out of house, and sleeping in her own bed. Also, the service dog will be trained to protect Lina during her seizures and to comfort her afterwards. In addition to seizure assistance, her service dog will be trained to scent track Lina in the event she bolts or wanders as a result of her health condition.
It costs at least $46,000 to specially train a dog for Isabella. Families cover only a portion of that cost. We are fundraising to help cover the fee required to provide her with a life-changing service dog. We hope you would consider helping Lina receive her service dog by helping her meet her financial goal. Donations in support of Lina should be made directly to 4 Paws for Ability – Please make sure you put Lina Yakimov on your donation to 4 Paws so it will go directly to her fund. Thank you for reading her story and thank you for considering to help her!
Mail checks to:
4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Lina Yakimov
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio, 45385.
If you wish to make an online donation, the website is www.4pawsforability.org/donate-now. Include Lina’s name in the “instructions to merchant” through PayPal. You may also call to make a credit card donation over the phone at (937) 374-0385 – Monday thru Friday 9AM to 4PM EST
Thank you for your generosity and may God bless you!