The Walther family is raising money for their daughter, Jana Walther, to receive a seizure alert service dog from 4 Paws for Ability. Jana suffers from unexpected seizures that have forced her to give up the activities and independence she enjoys. The Walther family hopes that Jana having a service dog to alert her and her family of seizures and comfort her in adversity will be the next step in helping her to regain independence. The family has raised $3,337 of their $17,000 goal and would like to ask the community to donate to their cause.
Jana is a very active member of church and youth group as well as a cooking, baking, equine, and dance enthusiast. These are all activities she loves but have been adversely affected by unexpected seizures, which can arise at any time. A service dog can give Jana warning of seizures and comfort her when they occur. A service dog is especially vital for Jana at night if she were to have a seizure in her sleep. Seizure alert service dogs are trained to alert the family so Jana can receive the help she needs. The Walther family truly believes that Jana and her dog will be “better together” and truly change their lives.
If individuals would like to donate to Jana’s cause, they can see her Facebook fundraiser “Tara’s Fundraiser for 4 Paws for Jana” at https://www.facebook.com/donate/668532200729420/ (Individuals are also able to send a check directly to 4 Paws with Jana Walther on the memo line to 207 Dayton Ave., Xenia, Ohio 45385.
About 4 Paws: Founded in 1998, 4 Paws for Ability, Inc., is a non-profit agency with global outreach serving children, veterans, and adults with disabilities by providing service dogs to those in need. The training of a service dog is recipient specific with a focus on Autism Assistance dogs, Mobility Assistance dogs, Seizure Assistance Dogs, among others. The 4 Paws Organization was featured in Episode 1 of “Dogs” on Netflix
I would like you to meet Lewis, my son who is 8 ½ years old. Lewis was diagnosed with ND-PAE (Neurodevelopmental Disorder associated with prenatal alcohol exposure) a fancy term for Fetal alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Lewis came to our family as an infant in a private adoption. He started out life as a typical infant. At around 13 months I noticed changes in his behavior, from eating issues, to sleeping issues, some health issues as well. We just plugged along for many years watching his behaviors become more and more unsettling. Once in school, his behaviors escalated and the cause for concern escalated as well. In June of 2019 Lewis was finally diagnosed. It was a diagnosis that not only caused fear in my heart, but also it was a relief to know just what we were dealing with. Lewis suffers from moderate depression, dysregulation with his emotions and is subject to outbursts and anxiety daily. He is the sweetest, most compassionate child who loves his pets (especially his chickens), loves Minecraft, riding his bike and his hoverboard. A service dog will not only help Lewis in his daily life, learning to navigate the world with lots of changes and decisions to make, but also to assist him in regulation of his emotions, and handling situations where his anxiety gets the better of him.
Lewis’s doctors and I believe that an FASD service dog would greatly benefit him. A service dog would offer him friendship, independence and security. It would be trained to cope with his behaviors, offer him affection and touch stimulus to help calm him. The dog would also hopefully help Lewis make friends his own age and would provide some independence and security for my son. He would also be trained to track Lewis, should we become separated for any reason.
Would you please consider a donation to assist us in reaching our fundraising goal of $17,000.00? I have selected 4 Paws for Ability to be our service dog provider because of their excellent reputation. 4 Paws was the first agency in the United States to begin placing highly skilled FASD assistance Dogs and the first agency known to place these assistance dogs with tracking skills.