Luke is a very active and bright eight-year-old little boy. He loves reading, LEGOs, playing video games, Super Heroes, and pizza. He lives in Georgia with his little sister and parents. Luke was diagnosed with ADHD and Autism 2 years ago. This makes navigating life a little more difficult for him. Everyday routines such as trying new foods, experiencing different smells and sounds, going out in public, and communicating with others can lead to anxiety and be very overwhelming for Luke. When he gets overwhelmed, he will often shut down completely or it will lead to a meltdown which will put Luke in danger of hurting himself or someone else. He continues working with therapists to learn how to manage these meltdowns.
We believe an Autism Service Dog will help Luke begin to be able navigate his world. More specifically, the service dog will be trained in Behavior Disruption. When Luke is engaged in repetitive or self-injurious behavior his service dog will be trained to disrupt the behaviors by laying across his lap, nuzzling him, pawing or touching him, and by using deep pressure therapy to calm and redirect him. We are working with 4 Paws for Ability, a nonprofit organization that helps place people with disabilities with a certified service dog. This group is dedicated to helping those in need of help. They work with children as well as adults in making sure the service dog will fit the needs of the handler and help that person succeed in life. We know Luke is meant for greatness and we believe a service dog will help him realize his greatness.
It costs a minimum of $40,000 dollars for 4 Paws for Ability to train a service dog, and we are committed to raise $17,000 towards Luke’s new companion. There are a couple of ways you can join us on this journey. Most importantly, please pray for Luke, his daily challenges, and that we will be able to raise the full amount for this much needed support for him. Secondly, if you would like to donate, there are several ways you can do this: Donations can be mailed directly to 4 Paws for Ability – be sure to write Luke’s name on the memo line. Mail checks to:
4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Luke Daniel
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio, 45385.
If you wish to make an online donation, the website is www.4pawsforability.org/donate-now . Include Luke’s name on the donation as instructed in the “Description” field of the form on the second page of your Authorize.net donation. 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 so much for your support and your donations!