Alexijanae Kanani Oliveira-Golden

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My child’s full name is Alexijanae Kanani Oliveira-Golden. She had medical issues at birth. She is suffering from a rare disorder called Schizencephaly. And Texas Children’s Hospital diagnosed her with Dyskinetic quadropalegic cerebral palsy in 2008.

She has clefts in the hemisphere surface. It’s a disorder that takes place in normal neuron migration during the second trimester. At this time primitive neuron precursors migrate from just beneath the Ventricular ependyma to the peripheral hemispheres where they form the cortical grey matter, causing quadriparesis.

Alexijanae also has microgyria on her brain, which they say is attributed to a genetic defect. She doesn’t walk, doesn’t have good arm reach, and is hard to understand; however she is very smart and cognitive. Her limbs and tongue muscle are her main issues.

She needs a service dog more than anyone I know. We face challenges every day. She wants independence, freedom, she wants to dance and be in gymnastics, she wants to do her own dressing and take her own shoes off . . . but she can’t.

She also has Septo-optic dysplasia and has had two eye surgeries. Plus, she just had her hip sliced in two and put back together. She needs help doing everything; however she is in normal grade school classes.

Alexijanae loves kids and life! She needs a chance in life to make it! She loves Disney and we want to go. She is outgoing and a leader. She loves our church. She wants to become a singer, loves high school musicals, and she loves watching her older brother.

We heard about 4 Paws for Ability (a nonprofit agency) and their Mobility Service Dogs. We think obtaining a dog for Alexijanae would be beneficial to her and us. 4 Paws has a unique approach to placement. They partner with their clients and by doing so are able to place dogs without a long waiting list. A service dog would be ideal because it would give Alexijanae independence, help, support, and a 24/7 friend.

I want so much for Alexijanae and her sister Alia to have everything life has to offer, including excellent gymnastics and dance. Alexijanae loves to sing and maybe at some point she can have a scholarship for voice lessons. She’s getting an awesome education. There are many things she yearns to do, like play baseball. And someday she wants to get married and have children.

It will cost 4 Paws over $40,000 to place a dog with Alexijanae. We are committed to raising $17,000 in support of the 4 Paws mission and can reach our goal with your help. If you can help, please visit 4 Paws Donation Page (http://www.4PawsForAbility.org/donate-now) or mail a check with her name on the memo line to:
4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Alexijanae Oliveira-Golden
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio 45385.

Thank you.

Ryland Houk

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Whether you know a lot about Ryland or are being introduced to him for the first time, we appreciate you taking time out of your busy lives to learn about him. So, a big THANK YOU from our family!

Let me introduce you to Ryland.  He loves owls, minecraft and “playing” the electric guitar. Ryland looks very much like every other kid and people expect him to behave like one too but he is different.

Ryland was born premature, a twin, at 32 weeks weighing a whopping 2.7 lbs and spent 6 weeks in the NICU. As Ryland has grown we started to notice subtle differences between him and “typical” kids his age. He had difficulty carrying on age appropriate conversations, isolates himself and he fixated on owls and facts surrounding them. Ryland has super sensitive hearing, and doesn’t maintain eye contact.

Through out his life, Ryland has received multiple diagnosis. ADHD, anxiety, speech delay, fine and gross motor delay, low muscle tone and sensory processing disorder.  Then in the fall of 2017, Ryland received the diagnosis of Autism.

Ryland has to deal daily with issues that cause him stress. Whether it’s the noise in a restroom, fire drills, fireworks, thunderstorms or the constant distractions that occur around him.  Ryland desires to have friends, but he has difficulty understanding the social norms.  Simple changes to his routine can cause him to become upset.  When he is upset he will pull his hair, kick, hit and bite himself.

Our family and Ryland’s doctors believe that an autism service dog would greatly benefit Ryland. The service dog would offer him friendship, independence and security.

A service dog would provide a constant “friend” to Ryland.  It would be trained to cope with his behaviors, offer him affection and touch stimulus to help calm him. The service dog would also help Ryland in establishing relationships with friends his own age.

A service dog would provide some independence and security for our son, it will be trained to have a tether between it and Ryland. This allows for our son to walk by himself outside, yet provides us with the ability to issue a stop command, should the need arise. The service dog would also be trained to track Ryland, should we become separated for any reason.

We have decided to partner up with 4 Paws for Ability.

4 Paws was the first agency in the United States to begin placing highly skilled Autism Assistance Dogs and the first agency known to place these assistance dogs with tracking skills.

You can learn about this wonderful group of people at:  https://www.4pawsforability.org

It costs over $40,000 to specialty train a service dog for Ryland’s exact needs, and so our family is reaching out to ask our wonderful friends, families, and community to help us reach our goal of bringing his service dog home.  Our family will cover a portion of this cost, $17,000, to secure a service dog for Ryland.  We are excited for Ryland to be healthier, happier, more productive and independent with his Autism service dog.

You can make a donation in one of the following ways:

Checks by mail:

Please make checks out to 4 Paws for Ability and PLEASE MAKE SURE to put Ryland’s name on your check memo line – “In honor of Ryland Houk.”

4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Ryland Houk
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio, 45385.

Online donations:

If you wish to make a donation on-line the website, is www.4pawsforability.org/donate-now .  Include the Ryland’s name in the “instructions to merchant” through PayPal.

By phone:

You may also call to make a credit card donation over the phone at (937) 374-0385 – Monday thru Friday 9AM to 4PM EST.

Max Gagner

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This lovely little boy is Max! He is a very sweet 5 year old boy who loves animals, playing on the phone, and helping others.  He was diagnosed when he was 3 years old with Autism, ADHD, mood dysregulation and sensory processing disorder. As he has grown we have learned he has generalized anxiety and Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). Max has made remarkable achievements over the years but it hasn’t been easy.

Max started out like any other baby, but we realized something was different with Max around 2 years old. He was late to speak, had multiple asthmatic episodes, and multiple ear infections. He had no self regulation and acted out. We thought terrible twos that went into terrible threes. Then the meltdowns only grew daily and became worse. He had several surgeries which included 4 sets of tubes and  the removal of his adenoids and tonsils. He had meltdowns, focus issues, impulse control issues and issues forming relationships with other people including his peers.

We have tried all different types of structural programs, charts, therapies, medications, parenting guides, and research. With multiple failed attempts we were given the suggestion of a therapy dog to help Max with his needs and life challenges. Max has been approved for a multi-purpose service dog for Behavior Disruption. It has been increasingly difficult to bring Max into public because of his meltdowns. This will also give Max a best friend who will love him unconditionally. We believe this will help Max become more independent and successful in life.

4 Paws for Ability is 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.

It will cost 4 Paws for Ability, Inc. at least $40,000 to place a dog with Max. We are committed to raising $17,000 to get Max a service dog. If you can help, please visit www.4pawsforability.org/donate-now. Be sure to include “Max Gagner” as the recipient of the donation. Also a Razoo account is set up at https://www.razoo.com/story/Y21msf that is directly deposited to 4 Paws for Ability toward Max’s dog. You can also mail a check directly to 4 Paws for Ability, on the memo line of the check please write “Max Gagner.”

4 Paws for Ability
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio, 45385

Vincent Wilch

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Greetings, from the Wilch family! We are a military family stationed in San Antonio, Texas. Our 5 year old son, Vincent, has special needs and our infant daughter is medically fragile.

Vincent has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS, an uncommon speech motor disorder), and Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE, an chronic autoimmune esophageal disorder). He also suffers from muscle deficits from his ankles to his hips, caused by toe-walking, and requires Ankle-Foot Orthotics (AFOs), which are plastic leg braces that help him develop his leg muscles.

Despite being 5 years old, Vincent has severe delays estimating him around 2-2.5 years old in physical, occupational, and speech abilities, according to his most recent evaluations. Our average week includes 32 hours of ABA therapy (Applied Behavioral Analysis), 1 hour of Speech Therapy (ST), 1 hour of Physical Therapy (PT), 1 hour of Occupational Therapy (OT), as well as 3 days a week in a special education classroom where he also receives speech services. During ABA and general home time we also work on dedicated OT, PT, and Speech home exercises prescribed by his therapists. Due to his Eosinophilic Esophagitis, and general health condition, we have frequent doctor appointments and several sedated procedures each year.

Vincent is a very energetic child and a caring big brother to his baby sister. He’s constantly moving and engaging in physical activity, but also loves to sit down and read books or solve puzzles. The military family life is very difficult for Vincent, constantly interrupting his routine and bringing about big changes. In the past 4 years, we have lived in three states and six houses, and you can imagine that the frequent changes in environment and constantly switching schools is difficult for any child, let alone one with sensory disorders or Autism. When these situations occur they escalate existing behaviors, such as aggression, self-injury, and elopement (escaping a safe environment). Despite excessive locks and supervision he has still managed to escape and wander away from home, school, and therapy.

Vincent’s Autism Service Dog will be trained in the following:

-Behavior Disruption: When Vincent 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.

-Tethering: Vincent will be tethered to his service dog, allowing him the ability to move with freedom without the risk of eloping, or running away.

-Tracking: Should Vincent elope from a safe environment his service dog will be trained to track him, saving precious time during a critical situation.

-Balance: The service dog will be trained in the use of a balance harness, a device on their back for Vincent to hold on to when he is unstable.

A service dog would open a world of possibilities and freedoms for Vincent, such as being able to walk on his own for the first time. We are truly excited for this new chapter in his life, but we can’t do it without your help. 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 Vincent’s new companion. Please consider donating or sharing our cause. We are thankful for the support and eagerly look forward to meeting our new furry friend!

Donations can be given online at Razoo (https://www.razoo.com/story/4pawsforvincent) or on the 4 Paws website at www.4pawsforability.org/donate-now by writing ‘Vincent Wilch’ in the memo line. Donations are also accepted by check, made out to 4 Paws for Ability, and mailed to:

4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Vincent Wilch
253 Dayton Ave
Xenia, OH 45385

Gavyn Cook

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Hello and thank you for reading my son’s story.  Please let me introduce you to my 9 year old son Gavyn.  He is a very sweet boy who loves animals, playing video games, listening to music and helping others.  He has suffered from abandonment issues, emotional abuse and neglect that lead us to seeking help and guidance for my son.  After a year and a half of therapy, neuropsychological and other exams, we learned that my son suffer from Generalized Anxiety, Depression, ADHD and potentially PTSD.  This helps explain why he has been developmentally behind, had meltdowns, focus issues, impulse control issues and issues forming relationships with other people including his peers.

Based on the determinations from doctors and talking to others who have the same issues, we were told about applying to 4 Paws for Ability for a service dog, as they thought it might be beneficial to Gavyn to help with some of the life challenges. Therefore, I applied to 4 Paws for Ability and completed the application process which included, medical documentation and other approvals. Gavyn was approved for the program and now we have agreed to raise $17,000 for 4 Paws for Ability. Training a service dog to meet the requirements can be very costly.  On average it costs between $40,000-60,000 to raise, train, and place a service dog at 4 Paws for Ability. I am tasked with raising $17,000 of that amount and am hoping that we can receive assistance to make Gavyn’s dream come true.

Gavyn has been approved for a multi-purpose service dog that will help Gavyn and improve his way of life.  The dog will help him through training to interrupt an escalation or meltdown, detect anxiety and apply deep pressure and encourage some social lubrication. In addition, this will give Gavyn a non-judgmental, 24/7 friend who will love him unconditionally and show him that not everyone leaves. We believe this will help Gavyn become more independent and successful in life.

Gavyn was my miracle baby as when I was 17, my doctors told me I would never have children.  When I was 26, I found out I was pregnant with him and had a very rough pregnancy where I almost lost him. Since then he has had a very rough 9 years experiencing things no kid should ever have to. It is a mother’s worst nightmare being told by her 5 year old that he is unlovable, unwanted and that he can’t do anything right.  A service dog can make a positive impact on the rest Gavyn’s life that NO amount of therapy, medication or alternative therapy is able to do.

How can YOU help Gavyn?

Donations in support of Gavyn should be made directly to 4 Paws for Ability – be sure to write Gavyn’s name on the memo line.  Mail checks to:

4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Gavyn Cook
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio, 45385.

If you wish to make an online donation, the website is www.4pawsforability.org/donate-now .  Include Gavyn’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.

 

Lilly Stokes

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Lilly Sophia Stokes was born March 7th, 2009 – she was a big baby weighing in at 10 lb 3 oz.  My pregnancy was completely normal and we had no indication that there was anything abnormal about Lilly until she was born.  I delivered Lilly via c-section and when she was born I remember the nurse telling me there was something wrong with her ear and she had a cleft pallet.  Lilly was transferred to Henry Ford Main hospital in Detroit, MI where many different specialists tried to figure out what was wrong.

Once I finally recovered and got a chance to be with Lilly at the main hospital, that’s where all the testing and procedures began.  She has several different genetic test done, but nothing ever came from it.  Little did we know at the time that her genetic syndrome had not been discovered yet.  At the age of one month old Lilly had a mandibular distraction to help her breath and eat better.  She was very lucky that she did not had to get a tracheostomy tube, as most kids with her syndrome do.  We worked day and night with the nurses in the NICU to get her to eat from a special bottle.  After two months she was able to go home, but she had to go home with a NG feeding tube in.  We were shuffled from one doctor to another and I finally made the decision to transfer her to Children’s Hospital of Detroit.  It was there I met Dr. Rozzell, the cranial facial doctor.  Things were starting to look up, Lilly got a hearing aid, she had her cleft pallet fixed at 8 months and was receiving many types of therapy.  Again we had genetic testing done, but nothing was discovered.

One night when Lilly was 2 years old she had come home from daycare and seemed to be not feeling well, she would not eat and ended up getting sick.  After I gave her a bath I put her to bed, not long after I went to bed myself.  Something woke me up in the middle of the night and I ran in to check on Lilly and found her lifeless and blue.  I lived with my parents at the time, so I called for my mom to help.  We had no idea at the time she had a seizure.  She was transported to the hospital where she had another seizure.  From that point forward she was put on medications for seizures and she had many procedures and tests to figure out why she was having them.  They made a decision that they were febrile seizures and that she would out grow them.  When Lilly was 3 she had a status epilepticus seizure, luckily we were at the hospital, but they worked on her for over 1 hour as she coded right in front of our eyes.  She ended up in a chemically induced coma for over a week.  I think due to that incident I will never be the same, but I knew that Lilly’s life was not going to be anywhere close to normal.

I made the decision to transfer her to University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital where she currently is seeing 11+ specialists.  It was here in 2015, Dr. Hannibal of genetics ran a new genetic test and we finally discovered that Lilly has Mandibular Facial Dysostosis with Microcephaly.  Currently, there are approximately 200 people in world with this syndrome that are documented.  This syndrome was discovered in 2012.  Finally, we had some answers and to read the description, it fit her like a glove.  Thankfully, this syndrome is not progressive to a point that it is fatal, unless there is a serious seizure.  MFDM is a mutation of EFUDT2 gene, this syndrome is often mistaken for Treacher Collins Syndrome, but is definitely not.  Some of the symptoms of MFDM that Lilly has are seizures, fused thumbs and big toes, small jaw, missing ear on the right sight, cleft pallet, hearing loss, and many others.  Not all children with MFDM have the same symptoms, the majority of the children do not have seizures like Lilly, but many of them have g-tubes and traches, which Lilly does not have.

We are hoping to obtain a service dog for Lilly from 4 Paws for Ability for many reasons.  A service dog could help us and Lilly with her seizures, hearing impairment, and her emotional and social behaviors.  Lilly is a happy, fun loving, and very smart little girl, unfortunately this syndrome comes with cognitive, social, and emotional issues that she has to deal with.  As Lilly has been getting older, she is noticing that she is different and so are other kids her age.  She is trying hard to engage with other children, but often we find her playing alone, because other kids have a hard time understanding her. On average, Lilly has at least 2-3 doctors’ appointments a month, at least 1 surgery a year, and at minimum 2 procedures a year.  Lilly has unfortunately developed a fear of the hospital and a lot times the doctors, because of everything she has been through.  With a service dog, I am hoping they can bring her comfort during those times in additional to the medical benefits offered by both seizure assistance and hearing assistance skills.   I believe that this dog will not only help Lilly medically, but give her a best friend.  I have been told that Lilly will always need help and I would love to see her obtain a service dog to start her on the way to being more outgoing and help alert us when something is happening.  

It costs at least $46,000 to specially train a dog for Lilly. Families cover only a portion of that cost, a fee of $17,000.  We are fundraising to help cover the fee required to provide her with a life-changing service dog. Donations in support of Lilly should be made directly to 4 Paws for Ability – be sure to write Lilly Stokes on the memo line.  Mail checks to:

4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Lilly Stokes
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio, 45385.

If you wish to make an online donation, the website is www.4pawsforability.org/donate-now.  Include Lilly’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 support!

Bryce LeGeyt

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Bryce is now a 4-year-old boy who is extremely active and has a great love for learning and exploring the world around him.  We love him and are so lucky to have Bryce in our family.  Our family would like to thank you for taking the time to get to know our son better.  Below is a brief look into Bryce’s struggles and how we are working to improve his everyday life.

Bryce was born early from a Placental Abruption and spent extra time in the hospital’s NICU before coming home to us.  By the time he was 3 he was formally diagnosed with Dyspraxia, Hypotonia, Autism, and Developmental Delays.  His dyspraxia, which affects motor planning, makes many basic tasks difficult for him to perform including communicating.  Hypotonia means he has low-muscle tone and he has to work hard to strengthen his muscles through physical therapy, swimming, and horseback riding.   Autism is a neurodevelopment disorder characterized by impaired social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication, and restricted and repetitive behavior.  Bryce’s autism isn’t always easy for others to see, but when our family is not doing routine activities this appears more often as new situations, transitions, or even just loud and crowded places cause him distress making normal tasks difficult for him.  One aspect of autism that greatly impacts Bryce is sensory processing disorder making some of these situations literally painful for him.  Bryce’s developmental delays, specifically in language, means that he primarily communicates using gestures or sign language.  He has recently begun to use a few words appropriately, but they are difficult for him to recall on demand due to his dyspraxia.  Bryce has recently found a lot of independence in using a Picture Exchange System to make choices.  Bryce remains hardworking and attends preschool everyday year round, speech therapy biweekly, and occupational therapy weekly which have all had a huge impact on improving his daily life.  He has been making great progress and we are extremely excited for him.  Despite all of this, Bryce remains loving, generous, charismatic, and even-tempered.

4 Paws for Ability can provide our family with an Autism Service Dog that will have been raised and trained to specifically meet the needs of Bryce.  Bryce’s dog will be able to disrupt behaviors, assist with balance, be used for tethering in public for safety, and be able to track him if needed.  These are just a few of the things that will help improve Bryce’s independence.  Our family will love having this new addition to alert us of problems at night or when we don’t have our eyes on Bryce, which will provide some much needed peace of mind.  Bryce has significant delays in processing information like danger, recognizing pain when hurt, and even feeling hungry that makes it difficult to keep him safe.  His dog will help keep him safer so he can experience the world more independently and can provide a voice when necessary.  We are also excited about the therapeutic benefits this dog will provide for Bryce.

To do this it will cost 4 Paws over $40,000 to train a dog for us, and our family has committed to raising $17,000 of that.  If you are able to make a donation to 4 Paws for Ability in honor of Bryce, we would be so grateful.

Donations in support of Bryce should be made directly to 4 Paws for Ability – be sure to write Bryce LeGeyt on the memo line.  Mail checks to:

4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Bryce LeGeyt
253 Dayton Avenue
Xenia, Ohio, 45385.

If you wish to make an online donation, the website is:

www.4pawsforability.org/donate-now

Please include in the Notes for 4 Paws for Ability section of the form “Donation made in honor of Bryce LeGeyt”

Thank you for your continued support on behalf of our son Bryce!
-Craig, Kristen, Bryce, and Ryan LeGeyt

Austin and Hunter Dick

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Our 10 year old twin sons, Austin and Hunter, have autism and require constant adult supervision-without which, they would be unlocking doors, hopping fences, and/or eloping from our home! Simple, daily routines and tasks like using the restroom, taking a shower, attending to our daughter, or assisting one of the boys independent of his brother-are nearly impossible to do without another adult present.  Having a service dog would give our family everyday freedoms we haven’t had for years and provide our sons with a fresh opportunity to gain more independence at home and in the community.  Not to mention the special benefit of companionship and love which we know will leave a lifelong impression on our sons.  This gift would be an unbelievable blessing and one we would be grateful for each and every day.  So much more than a dog-a companion, a best friend, a pair of eyes and ears for safety, for respite (and bathroom breaks!), and most importantly, a beloved member of our family.
 
We need to raise at least $17,000 in order for 4 Paws for Ability to make this dream a reality for our family!

It costs at least $40,000 to specially train a dog for Austin and Hunter. Families cover only a portion of that cost, a fee of $17,000.  We are fundraising to help cover the fee required to provide him with a life-changing service dog. Donations in support of Austin and Hunter should be made directly to 4 Paws for Ability – be sure to write Austin and Hunter Dick on the memo line.  Mail checks to:

4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Austin and Hunter Dick
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio, 45385.

If you wish to make an online donation, the website is www.4pawsforability.org/donate-now .  Include Austin and Hunter’s names 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.

You can also donate online through a Razoo page set up especially for Austin and Hunter:
Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Cooper Root

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Let me introduce Cooper. He is a lonely, isolated and frustrated little boy. He is also funny, creative, intelligent and very curious. He loves video games; baseball, his tablet, watching youtube, rocks and animals. On the outside, Cooper looks like your average 9-year-old boy, but Cooper has many significant disabilities that impact his attempts to simply life his life day to day. Cooper suffered neurological organic brain damage due to his exposure to heroin and methamphetamine prior to birth. It has caused damage to the executive functioning portion of his brain which impacts every area of his life. In addition, Cooper has a high functioning form of Autism along with a long list of diagnoses: Sensory Processing Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, Disruptive Emotional Dysregulation, ADHD; Impaired impulse control, an inability to learn from experience and social dysfunction. He wants friends, but cannot establish or maintain relationships due to his issues. Cooper also struggles with a number of learning challenges including Dyslexia, Language Processing Disorders, as well as Math and Reading Disorders.

We applied to 4 Paws for Ability so that Cooper can receive a service dog to help with some of the life challenges that he faces. We have been through the application process and gotten the necessary medical approvals and now we have agreed to raise $17,000 for 4 Paws for Ability. It costs 4 Paws a minimum of $40,000 per animal to train a dog to be a service dog. 4 Paws asks each family to raise $17,000 of that. Once we have raised our portion, 4 Paws will place us in a class and train a service dog specifically for Cooper’s needs.

The dog selected and trained for Cooper will help him with his autism and drug exposure behaviors and will be trained to track him if he wanders. The dog will help him maintain in school through training to interrupt an escalation or meltdown, apply deep pressure and encourage some social lubrication. This will give Cooper a non-judgmental, 24/7 friend who will be there for him when no one else wants to. The dog will also be trained to help Cooper sleep without waking and wandering. This service dog will be a forever friend who will love him unconditionally. We believe this will help Cooper become more independent and self-sufficient- skills that he will need to be successful in life.

A service dog can make a positive impact on the rest Cooper’s life that NO amount of therapy, medication or alternative therapy is able to do.

How can YOU help Cooper?

Donations in support of Cooper should be made directly to 4 Paws for Ability – be sure to write Cooper’s name on the memo line.  Mail checks to:

4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Cooper Root
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio, 45385.

If you wish to make an online donation, the website is www.4pawsforability.org/donate-now .  Include Cooper’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 support!

Cameron Johnston

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Cameron JohnstonCameron Johnston is a smart, loving, and adventurous 16 month old boy. At just 13 months old, Cameron was taken to his pediatrician’s office to be evaluated for having cold-like symptoms. During this visit, Cameron had a Tonic-Clonic (formerly known as Grand Mal) seizure, lasting 18 minutes long. Cameron was subsequently diagnosed with a having a seizure disorder and has had ongoing seizures ever since. Our family has partnered with the non-profit organization 4 Paws For Ability in order to pair Cameron with a Seizure Assistance Dog. This Dog will be trained to perform a number of tasks designed to support Cameron with his specific needs.

As the cost of training a Seizure Assistance Dog is high, we are asking for our community’s help in raising the funds needed. Our Seizure Assistance Dog will not only be a true, life-long companion for Cameron, but also an additional member of his support system and our family.  

It costs at least $40,000 to specially train a dog for Cameron. Families cover only a portion of that cost, a fee of $17,000.  We are fundraising to help cover the fee required to provide Cameron with a life-changing service dog. Donations in support of Cameron should be made directly to 4 Paws for Ability – be sure to write “Cameron Johnston” on the memo line.  Mail checks to:

4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Cameron Johnston
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio, 45385. 

If you wish to make an online donation, the website is www.4pawsforability.org/donate-now.  Include Cameron’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 support!

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