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Help Get Alex a Service Dog

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Our sweet Alex has been diagnosed with PDD-NOS (on the Autism Spectrum) since he was three years old, bipolar disorder since he was five, and most recently, Epilepsy. Alex suffers with social issues and so it's hard for him to make a friend and more importantly, keep a friend. He has developmental delays, but his biggest challenge is controlling his emotions. We think a service dog will be an excellent match for Alex and his family. Not only will a service dog help Alex regulate his emotions by gently nudging Alex when he starts to lose control, the dog can also alert his family when Alex is about to have a seizure or runs away from home. This is a dog that can go to school with Alex and assist him there, as well as at home and be that best friend that Alex has never had. Alex has been hospitalized six times this past year for many different things, including psychiatric issues, increased seizure activity, severe sleep apnea and most recently after an emergency tonsillectomy. He is a child, in whom his mother, is atonished everyday at his bravery. Last year, with no fear, Alex stood in front of his entire grade of peers,gave a speech he rehearsed tirelessly and was elected to Student Council! Despite his reading ability of a pre-kindergarten level, Alex won a creative writing award! He auditioned and was selected for choir and participated in a talent show and is just an all around great kid. But, Alex's daily life at school is hard. Kids are mean and tease him. He struggles with reading, writing, and things that most of take for granted. His medication causes severe side effects and cause weight gain and emotional issues, which only fuels his exposure for being teased at school. It's been a rough year and one that means Alex most likely won't pass to the next grade, which we anticipate will be difficult socially, to say the least.

If we are able to raise enough money for Alex to recieve a Service Dog through 4 Paws For Ability, it would change his life. He would have the friend he's never had. He would have a gently nudge when his emotions started to get the best of him. The dog would alert others and Alex when he was about to have a seizure, so that Alex could be safe.
At 4 Paws For Ability it costs $22,000 to train and place a service dog with a disabled child. However, our families engage in fundraising activities as volunteers for 4 Paws to qualify for a free service dog. Each family is asked to help raise at least $13,000. It costs about $1,500 - $2,000 to maintain a service dog each year...about $100 a month. Won't you please consider helping to change Alex's life? We need your help! Thank you!


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