Luke Daniel

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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 .  Include Luke’s name on the donation as instructed in the “Description” field of the form on the second page of your 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!

Izaac Reese

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It was 8pm Friday, October 24, 2008 when the Department of Child Services called, “We are in need of an emergency foster care placement for a medically fragile 8-week old infant for a few days. Your name was given as a potential placement. Can you help?” With a brief account of Izaac’s situation, medical condition and multiple diagnosis, we hung up the phone to await his arrival. Just hours later, they arrived at the door with Izaac, his IV poles, feeding tube and medical supplies, hospital discharge papers and a small sack of clothes, diapers and special formula. Izaac had been in Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital NICU for 6 weeks of his short 8 weeks of life. Among other things, Izaac was diagnosed with failure to thrive, encephalitis, meningitis, seizures and prenatal drug exposure.

Fast forward, Izaac was adopted into our family at age 3 and he will soon be turning 10. He has overcome much of the trauma experienced in his young life. However, he still suffers from the effects of in utero drug exposure. He has left temporal lobe brain damage, encephalopathy, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, intellectual disorder, speech/language disorder and more.

Izaac is unable to care for himself and is still in diapers. He is both hyperactive and impulsive. He is cognitively impaired and incautious. He will bolt and run away with no regard for safety, whether at home, in school or in public. He is often unable to sit still and focus. He will unbuckle his seatbelt in the car and remove his safety harness on the school bus. Izaac is easily frustrated and does not handle change well. He displays repetitive behaviors and wipes things. If not supervised he will try to eat things that are inappropriate like dirt, sand, mulch or things found on the ground. He drinks BOOST Kid Essentials 2-3 per day for nutrition as he often refuses to eat regular food related to his sensory issues.

4 Paws for Ability is a 501 c3 non-profit agency that specializes in training service dogs for people with disabilities. They specifically train service dogs for those affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder / Drug Exposure (FASD/DE). The FASD/DE Assistance Dog is trained to help with sensory overload, safety, social lubrication, calming, increased independence, stability, empathy and bonding. When we first visited the 4 Paws for Ability website and read the description of what an FASD/DE Assistance Dog can provide, we knew Izaac needed a four-legged best friend to help him. So, we completed the application and they have already accepted our son into their program.

On average, it costs 4 Paws for Ability $50,000 to breed and train a service dog and we need to raise $17,000 to help 4 Paws for Ability with the cost. All donations (including goods, services, and volunteering at or attending fundraising events) are greatly appreciated. Thank you, in advance, for your generosity. All monetary donations should be made DIRECTLY to:
4 Paws For Ability
In honor of Izaac Reese
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, OH 45385

If you wish to make a donation on-line the website is . You must include Izaac Reese in the notes or instructions to merchant section. You may also call to make a credit card donation over the phone at (937) 374-0385 – Monday through Friday 9am-4pm EST or visit our FirstGiving fundraising page at:

Dallas Pierce

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Dallas is a very sweet boy. He’s got a heart full of love and he is a blessing to his family and everyone who knows him.

When Dallas was 4 years old he was diagnosed with ASD and Global Delay Disorder. This makes things harder for him, like communication, making friends or transitioning away from fun activities.

Sometimes Dallas gets overwhelmed and wants to be alone. Sometimes he wanders in crowds like at the grocery store because when life gets busy around him he feels lost at times.

His doctor at the Kelly O’Leary center for autism believes that Dallas will benefit tremendously from having an autism service dog.

A non-profit organization called 4 Paws for Ability has approved him for a service dog and Dallas could not be more excited! But now we need the help, love and support of our community to fundraise to pay for the service dog training.  Our fundraising goal is $17,000 for 4 Paws for Ability on behalf of Dallas to go towards his service dog.  From birth through training, the cost of placing such a dog in a family like ours is at least $40,000.  Families cover only a portion of the cost, $17,000 – if you can help us with a donation in Dallas’ name, please visit the 4 Paws Donation Page ( Include Dallas’ name on the donation as instructed in the “Description” field of the form on the second page of your donation.  Donations can also be made by mailing a check with Dallas’ name on the memo line to:

4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Dallas Pierce
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, OH 45385

Every donation will be a blessing and one step closer to changing this sweet boy’s life.


Liam Espina

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Paws for Liam!

Paws 4 Liam is devoted to providing Liam with a Service Dog specially trained to help a special little boy with Autism. Liam is a 6- year-old boy from Glenview, IL who needs the help of a service dog to help him navigate the difficulties of autism. We have connected with Paws 4 Ability, who will be training Liam’s new pal to help him with communication, mobility, and for Liam’s safety to ensure he stays close.

When Liam was born, he was already melting hearts, with his intense gazes and infectious laughter. Before Liam was 1 he began physical therapy due to his inability to turn himself over or crawl. By 17 months we started to suspect something wasn’t quite right. Liam was not walking, and he was communicating by sounds alone. Liam initially was diagnosed with early developmental delay and began both Speech and OT Therapy. By age three, his verbal communication had not improved, and his anxiety levels began to increase. He would get frustrated and he could not express himself or could not communicate verbally with us and began banging his head.

At age 4 Liam was diagnosed with Autism. We embarked on the journey to learn anything and everything we could so that we understand some of the challenges that Liam will face. Our family was introduced to all sorts of abbreviations and acronyms, such as non-verbal, ABA, IEP, Echoic stemming, picture schedules, transition plans and sensory overload, just to name a few. Kids with Autism are all so very different. The saying, “Once you met one child with Autism, you have met one child with Autism” is very true. The main reason we started researching service dogs was due to Liam’s inability to understand what is safe. Liam will run at a moment’s notice putting himself at risk. Our family researched so many different Organizations and groups. It wasn’t until we saw for our own eyes the amazing impact a service dog has on autistic children at the Child Neurology Conference. These
amazing furry heroes’ and the Organizations that train them are amazing. Our research uncovered so much more that service dogs can do. The Service Dogs can be trained in a
variety of tasks to assist a child. These include behavior disruption to distract and disrupt repetitive behaviors or meltdowns, tethering to prevent and protect a child from wandering, and search and rescue tracking to locate a child who has wandered. To read more about Service Dogs that are trained specifically for autistic children,

Today, Liam is a, lively and lovable six-year-old who enjoys being outside, running and making his big sister, his Dad and I laugh. He brightens our day and has taught us to celebrate small wins. Liam loves lots of squeezes and pressure for comfort when things are overwhelming or too intense. He has no safety awareness, so Liam requires constant attention and monitoring to prevent him from falling, banging himself against surfaces, wandering or running away.

Liam also has anxiety issues and while he is semi-verbal he uses phrase or sounds in repetition as a coping mechanism. The “repetitive verbal stemming” often keeps him from engaging socially and keeps him from communicating. Liam started 1st grade, which includes new exciting and challenging adventures. Our hope is that Liam’s furry hero, can help him navigate these adventures from the perspective of his special world.

Cost for a Service Dog
It costs more than $40,000 to professionally raise and train a service dog that can meet Liam’s exact needs. Our family is reaching out to ask our friends, families, the community and corporate sponsors to help us reach our goal of bringing his service dog home. Our family will cover a portion of this cost, while we are fundraising for the remaining $17,000, to secure a service dog for Liam.

How you can make a difference
If you can make a donation towards Liam’s service dog, please visit the 4 Paws donation page:

Include “Liam Espina” in the “instructions to merchant” through Authorize.Net. Donations can also be made by mailing a check to 4 Paws for Ability (details below).

4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Liam Espina
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio, 45385.

Please be sure to include “Liam Espina” on the memo line of the check. Please feel free to contact us at and we would be happy to answer any questions you may have or discuss how your generous donation and support can make a huge difference in Liam’s life.

Caleb Nwanorim

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Hi! My name is Caleb Nwanorim,

Everyone who knows me calls me Caleb or super awesome K! I’m 7 years old and going on 8 years on September 29th.  I enjoy swimming, cooking, going to school, playing board games, and visiting grandma who is my favorite person in the whole world. Its mostly me, my mother and my annoying sister Ella. Shes 5 and of course my best friend when moms around.

I have autism and developmental disabilities. I enjoy my therapies which i have twice a week at home with my speech therapist and my occupational Therapist. I have been receiving help  with speech and O.T at school everyday for close to 3 years now. I also have increased anxiety due to trauma at school such as being bullied and not being able to talk effectively. My mom is my greatest advocate and fully supports my need to have a service animal. Not only for my disability but because I’m lonely and I need a friend to help me reduce my anxiety and to help me practice my social skills so i can be able to make friends and as well as communicate effectively to others.  

 My speech and language impairments negatively impact my ability to understand and be understood by others when communicating, which frustrates me and increases my anxiety. I also have additional characteristics of anxiety such as issues with social communication, difficulty adapting to new environment, awareness of danger, and difficulty with emotional stability. Having a companion would greatly benefit me because my companion would decrease my overall anxiety and to help me function effectively and independently across settings. I am also unable to complete ADL’s which are also known as activities of daily living due to anxiety symptoms and communication deficits and requires me to get assistance from my mom to help me meet my basic needs several times throughout the day and night like getting dressed. Also having a service animal from 4 Paws for Ability would provide and assist me with safety behavior intervention and prevention of anxiety attacks and meltdowns at home and and in public. Having a best friend around me can provide a soothing and comfortable environment just by spending time. It is a reminder to myself to be patient and calm with myself and others and that I am not alone with my disability. I can also practice communication with a service dog. And finally I will be able to have responsibility by taking care of my friend this will teach me to be more independent and confident inside and outside of my own environment.
My mother Cydnee is trying to get donations for me to get a service dog through 4 Paws for Ability. Please donate to my cause. Thank you for taking the time to read my story.

4 Paws is a non-profit organization (501 3c). 4 Paws for Ability service dogs are trained from birth for a specific person. The cost to train and place these dogs with a disabled child is at least $40,000. Families approved for matching must raise their portion. The required portion for Caleb’s service companion is $17,000. They say, “dogs are a man’s best friend”, and I believe that Caleb will not only have a service dog but a best friend for life which will allow him take on everyday life challenges, all while giving him the independence he desires and deserves as he grows up.

I am planning fundraisers with hopes of raising  $17,000 soon. The wait time is 2 to 2.5 years due to the nature of the extensive training and the number of kids who need a service companion. If you would like to donate in Caleb’s efforts to raise the money needed, you can donate 3 different ways.

By mail – checks made out to 4 Paws for Ability with Caleb Nwanorim on the memo line
Mail to:
4 Paws for Ability
207 Dayton Ave.
Xenia OH 45385

include Caleb Nwanorim in your Authorize.Net payment.

credit card donations can be made at (937) 374-0385 Mon-Fri 9am-4pm EST

Benton Arias

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God tried to give us a heads up that Benton was going to be a beautiful firecracker by giving him a due date of July 4, 2016. But true to form, Benton did things his way and came a bit early. He decided to enter the world on his older brother’s tenth birthday, which happened to fall on Father’s Day that year. Oh, what a gift he was and still is each day.

He looks, and for the most part acts like a developmentally typical two-year-old. He loves all things sports, all things outdoors, animals, Paw Patrol, and Daniel Tiger. Benton doesn’t seem to really walk anywhere, he either runs or bounces to get from point A to point B. He loves his family and wants to know where everyone is when they are not with him. He loves to play and laugh and wants to involve everyone around in whatever he is doing. Both paternal and maternal grandparents have land and big toys with motors to ride on, which is his favorite thing to do.

So now that you know a little bit about Benton, you might be wondering why he would need a service dog. Like I stated before, he looks developmentally on track, and if you were to meet him in person you probably wouldn’t pick up on a few things that those closest to him notice (maybe it’s just a mom thing). But here’s the deal, Benton cannot be left alone. Ever. I know, I know, he is only two and shouldn’t be left alone anyways, but even at night when he is asleep. In fact, Benton can’t even sleep alone, he must be in bed with an adult.

When Benton was nine months old, he had his first seizure in bed late at night. Over the course of three months, he had a total of six seizures and was in and out of the hospital numerous times. He even had a 72-hour EEG done, where they had wires glued to his head for 72 hours. All of this happened before he was one.

He was diagnosed with Complex Partial Epilepsy w/ developmental delays. Benton’s seizures can either be focal or absence seizures, which appear like he is spacing out, but you cannot get his attention. Or they can be tonic-clonic seizures, what used to be referred to as grand mal seizures. During a tonic-clonic seizure, all the muscles in Benton’s body contract or spasm while he shakes or convulses. It is the scariest and saddest thing I have ever seen either of my children go through. After he comes out of his seizure, Benton tends to be lethargic, tired, cranky, and just not his typical self. His postictal state, the days following his seizures, Benton tends to be unsteady on his feet and falls a lot. After one seizure, he wouldn’t pick up a foot and would drag it most of the time he walked for two days.

Benton takes a daily medication and has a rescue medication in case he has a long seizure he can’t come out of or more than one seizure in a row. The medication has controlled his seizures for the most part, but he does still have breakthrough seizures. Due to his age, he is growing rapidly, and the medication dose must change with his weight gain,

The last clonic tonic seizure Benton had happened late at night. He was in bed and I was not in the room with him. When I finally went to bed, he was actively seizing. This seizure required his rescue medication and he ended up in the emergency department overnight.

If Benton had a seizure alert dog, I would have been alerted when the seizure started, possibly foregoing the need of his rescue medication. At 4 Paws, a dog would be trained specifically for Benton. This dog would learn to alert when he is seizing, give reassurance and comfort when coming out of a seizure or in the hospital setting, and give him stability when he is unsteady postictal. The dog would be trained specifically to meet the needs of Benton. The dog would also bring a peace of mind to his parents and other family and caregivers. We all want Benton to be able to live as normal of a life as possible, and having mom sit in the bathroom while you shower your whole life isn’t normal. Benton deserves to sleep in his bed, and as he grows he deserve to gain independence like playing in his room alone or playing in the backyard.

A properly trained service dog can cost between $40,000-$60,000, but at 4 Paws it has its own funding model that helps eliminate some of that cost to help kids get the dog they need. The cost the families raise through fundraising is $17,000 and that starts here. 4 Paws has a great network to help families along the way, and for that we are grateful.

If you are reading this, thank you for taking the time to learn about our little firecracker, our baby bear, Benton. If you would like to help Benton gain independence and a furever friend, your donation would be beyond appreciated. Any amount is a step towards our goal. If you can not donate financially, you could always spread the word about our cause. Make others aware of 4 Paws and what they do and bring awareness of epilepsy and how a service dog can benefit a patient with it.

For more information on what a seizure alert dog can do, check out the link below.

To donate, you may mail checks

** Please be sure to write “in honor of Benton Arias” on the memo line **

4 Paws for Ability, Inc, 253 Dayton Avenue, Xenia, Ohio 45385


Thank you for your time.




Athena Kiger

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Athena Kiger is seven years old and 4 feet 4 inches who has Asperger’s, which is on the Autism Spectrum. Even though her disability allows her to be higher-functioning, she still suffers with daily issues.

Athena will disappear in the store as if she were Houdini, for she is very curious and tends to wander. She has emotional breakdowns at random, and in these times she needs support. Loud noises tend to frighten her or become too much where she does not know what to do. Athena tends to be non-social but will engage in conversation if you speak to her first. She has trouble speaking and mispronouncing words.

A service dog for Athena would be a life-changing event; it would be trained to locate and find her and be able to calm her to where she could feel safe from emotional breakdowns.  From birth through training, the cost of placing such a dog in a family like ours is at least $40,000.  The fee to receive a service dog is $17,000.

If you can help Athena with a donation in her name, please visit the 4 Paws Donation Page ( Include Athena Kiger in the donation by following the instructions on Authorize.Net. Donations can also be made by mailing a check with Athena’s name on the memo line to:

4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Athena Walker
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, OH 45385

As a single mom I want the best for her. Please help us on our adventure and for a better tomorrow that lead us to a better forever. Please donate for Athena.

Brynlynn Tea

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Brynlynn was born on January 20th, 2015. She is now a beautiful, vibrant 3 year old who loves princesses, Paw Patrol, and animals. Our lives were forever changed on December 2nd, 2016 when she was rushed from one hospital to another. She was diagnosed with cerebral heterotopia, Hemiparesis, reflex asymmetry, seizures, Todd’s paralysis, and Schizencephaly. Her seizures will be a lifelong battle. Brain surgery may be an option for her in the future. For now a seizure alert dog is recommended. The dog will be able to alert to the seizure and we will be able to give her rescue medication.

It costs 4 Paws for Ability between $40,000-60,000 to raise and place a task-trained service dog.  We are raising $17,000 to assist with the cost of Brynlynn’s service dog.

Donations can be made at If you make a donation on the website, please make sure that you include Brynlynn’s name in the description field.  Donations can also be made via check and mailed to:
4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Brynlynn Tea
253 Dayton Avenue
Xenia, Ohio 45385

In the memo line make sure you put “In honor of Brynlynn Tea.”

This now starts our journey to raise $17,000 to give Brynlynn a seizure dog that could potentially save her life in the end. Any help is appreciated!

Kiley Bell

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Hi! My name is Kiley Bell, and I am 10 years old and in 5th grade. I love swimming, and singing in chorus at my school. I love to hang out with my brother and play video games and watch movies. When I was 8 years old I was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, and brittle bones. This means my body doesn’t produce enough collagen. Which basically means my joints are over flexible and loose and I dislocate very easily. I also have frequent body pain and some days I just hurt really badly. I also break bones easily due to my bones being brittle. One time I actually had to have surgery on my hand because a foam football broke it!

I have also been diagnosed with P.O.T.S. (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome), which means when I stand up it stresses out my autonomic nervous system and my heart rate increases and my blood pressure drops. It makes me feel very dizzy, weak, and tired. Sometimes I even pass out. This is very dangerous, especially since I already get hurt very easily.

I am still going through testing to address more issues I am facing. The doctor says I might have more things to conquer in my future, but that’s ok! My whole family is behind me helping me along the way. We just started this process and already the support I have received has been truly amazing.  My parents were told by one of my doctors that it might be good for me to get a service dog. They did their research and spoke to my geneticist and everyone agreed a service dog would be a great tool for me and my independence and safety.

My mommy and daddy are trying to raise money to get me a service dog. This dog will be able to help me so much! If I feel dizzy and need to lay down, I can brace on the dog and get to the ground safely, the dog will also be taught to prop my legs up so that my blood pressure can regulate. If I have a fainting spell at school the dog can bark and alert someone to come help me. This means I can be more independent at school! The dog will also be able to help get things for me, especially the times when I have a broken bone and can’t get something myself. The dog will also be able to open doors for me when needed.

This service dog will be a life changing tool for me to have. It costs 4 Paws for Ability between $40,000-60,000 to raise and place a task-trained service dog.  My family is raising $17,000 to assist with the cost of my service dog. Please help me gain more independence and set me up for success by donating to my service dog fund. Every little penny counts!

Donations can be made at If you make a donation on the website, please make sure that you include my name (Kiley Michele Bell) in the description field.  Donations can also be made via check and mailed to
4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Kiley Bell
at 253 Dayton Avenue
Xenia, Ohio 45385.

In the memo line make sure you put “In honor of Kiley Michele Bell.”

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my story!

Isaiah Springer

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Isaiah is a sweet and loving 6 year old boy.  He lives at home with his 3 siblings, both parents and his pet tortoise, Hector.

Isaiah’s father, is an Active duty Air Force member and is regularly away from home on behalf of his country.  Every few years Isaiah and his family are required to gather and move to a new area to start life all over again.  Isaiah struggles daily with Autism, a disorder that results in severe anxiety, panic attacks and behavior disruption. The military life style things harder for Isaiah to adapt with the constant changes in location and routine. After many incorrect diagnosis, Isaiah was diagnosed with Autism around his fourth birthday.

After their latest move to Ohio, Isaiah’s family was introduced to 4 Paws for Ability, a non-profit organization that provides service dogs to those in need, and how this great organization helps children with autism like Isaiah. Many of the services that a 4 Paws trained service dog can provide for Isaiah are things that no human, not even his mother can provide.

His new buddy will be trained in several different tasks to help him through his daily activities.  The service dog will be trained primarily to provide behavior modification and support.  Isaiah’s new friend will be able to identify when he needs to go into action to help out, and will also be trained in specific commands that can be given by Isaiah, or another family member.  To help reduce Isaiah’s anxiety, the dog will use several techniques to comfort him in overwhelming situations and disrupt unwanted behavior.  Not only during the day, but 4 Paws dogs are trained to help their human to sleep better by providing deep pressure to help them self regulate during the night, giving their owners a higher quality sleep.  Isaiah’s dog will be trained to track his individual scent. This means that if he were to ever get out of his mom’s sight his new furry friend would be able to find him before he can unintentionally put himself in danger. This will provide his mom with peace of mind and could even save Isaiah’s life.

It’s amazing to think these are only a few of the tasks that Isaiah’s dog will be trained to do! Isaiah’s dog will also act as the perfect social buddy to help him learn to interact with more people. This could drastically improve his anxiety, speech and communication skills. His service dog will be a perfect best friend and help him gain independence for the future.

Isaiah’s family has joined forces with 4 Paws for Ability, a 501 c3 non-profit agency that specializes in training quality task-trained service dogs for children with disabilities. The family has committed to raise $17,000 of the $34,000 it takes to train and place a dog with Isaiah.

Please join their campaign and help give Isaiah a new best friend!

You can also make donations by mailing a check or donating directly on the 4 Paws for Ability website!
Mail checks to:

4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Isaiah Springer
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio, 45385.

If you wish to make an online donation, the website is  Include Isaiah’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 reading our story and for your support!