In September of 2018 Seumas (more commonly spelled Seamus) was diagnosed with a rare genetic variant (or mutation) of his KCNQ3 gene. There are less than 50 known cases worldwide. This variant is responsible for his severe developmental delays, seizures, and cortical visual impairment (while his eyes are structurally healthy, his brain does not process vision the way we might expect). He is legally blind.
Despite all of the challenges he faces, he is the most charming, sweet, and happy 2 year old you will meet! He has a very large support team of therapists, doctors, and educators that love himalmost as much as his two older brothers do.
While he is not yet independently mobile, he is very motivated to stand, but his balance is poor. A highly trained multipurpose service dog could complete his support team, providing him with stability, balance, comfort, potentially alert to seizures, and guide him in his environment as he learns to become more independent. Lastly, but perhaps the most important aspect of a service dog for Seumas, is the companionship it would provide him.
Breeding, raising, and training this incredibly skilled teammate can cost anywhere from $40,000 to $60,000____we are responsible for raising $17,000 of this total.
We are grateful if you can help in any capacity, whether it be sharing our story or making a contribution.
Donations can be made directly to 4 Paws for Ability in Seumas’s name (http://4PawsforAbility.org/
4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Seumas Murray
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, OH 45385
(Please include his name in the memo section of your check)
Thank you for your support; we hope that you can help Seumas’s new best friend join our family!