Let me tell you about myself.
My name is Michael Walker and I am 10 years old. I am in the 4th grade and attend Oakview Elementary. I love to play basketball, baseball, and football. I also enjoy swimming, riding my bike, going on boat rides on the lake, camping and being an amazing big brother to my sister and two little brothers. This past summer I was told by my doctor that the game of football is something I will never get to play again, along with any other contact sport. I was crushed but turns out my team needs me on the sideline too, so this year and years to come I am the water boy/manager of the team. You are probably wondering why I can’t do those things anymore. Well in July 2018 I was diagnosed with Epilepsy and frontal lobe brain damage. See when I was just 5 days old my mom and grandparents were told I had a bacteria in my blood. I spent several weeks on lots of medicine to get me better. Five short months later I was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis. (I scared my mom a few times I guess you could say) The doctors did not seem to see any side effects from the meningitis except for mild/moderate hearing loss. On July 23rd I gave my mom the biggest scare of them all. I had a grand mal seizure while having a sleepover in the living room with my siblings and mom. I was rushed to the hospital (I don’t remember the ride but I hear you go pretty fast) and was admitted to Dayton Children’s Hospital. I had to look like a scary mummy for 24 hours with cords everywhere on my head. I also got a MRI before they gave me my new diagnosis. Since then I have been in the hospital twice, gone to the doctors a lot and started taking several different medicines to help me.
I am starting this page because I have exciting news!!! I was accepted by 4 Paws for Ability to get a 4 legged friend to help me along the way. The dog will be trained to help alert my family members about a seizure, calm me down when I get overstimulated and so much more.
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 me with a donation in my name, please visit the 4 Paws Donation Page (http://www.4PawsForAbility.org/donate-now). Include Michael Walker in the donation by following the instructions on Authorize.Net. Donations can also be made by mailing a check with Michael’s name on the memo line to:
4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Michael Walker
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, OH 45385
The fee for a service dog is $17,000 so I need your help. I ask that even if you only have $5 to donate because every dollar counts. I also ask that you spread the word and share my story! The more people that know the faster I can get my new best friend 🙂
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my story and help out a great cause.