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Needing my best friend with me

Organized by: Helene Hoyt

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Make my dream come true! I want my first stop to be Disneyworld, but I am afraid to go….. The noises, lights, crowds, well, it scares me. You see I have Autism and I have other physcological issues as well so it makes fun places like this hard for me to go. And it’s not just Disneyworld that scares me. But it shouldn’t as it is the most funnest place on Earth! My name is Stephen, I am 9 years old and I have struggled all my life to try to enjoy simple things that others take for granted. All I want is to go places and not be afraid. All want to do is go to a fun place and have people not look at me because I am differently abled. I don’t like being afraid all the time. It is just too much for me to process – the lights, noises and people scare me, then I end up having a meltdown. To the outside world it looks like I am having a temper tantrum but I am not. I wish people just understood me; I just can’t help it… But having an Autism trained Service Dog will help me during these moments when I can’t help myself. We have a beautiful 4 month old puppy who is a German Shepherd her name is Dutchess Bleu. She is in beginner puppy training class now and she does good my mom says. My mom says we still have a long way to go before she can become an Autism Service Dog. Training is very expensive and it keeps on going as my needs change. Having an Autism Service Dog will help me, not to avoid things but to help me stay or try to stay calm in situations I may find scary. You see, even though I have Autism and I have recently been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy from the doctors at Shriner’s Hospital for Children. Dutchess will not only help me with my Autism but as time goes on and the Cerebral Palsy gets worse, Dutchess will be trained for my mobility as well. I don’t qualify for the Make a Wish foundation because I am not terminally ill. My mom has looked into a lot of service dog non-profit organizations and either we don’t fit the criteria or the waiting lists are over two years. My mom says that is too long of a wait as I need help now and has looked into trainers here by us. You may think that asking for $10,000 is a lot of money for a dogs training but if you look at it this way, Dutchess will be in service for at least 10 years. Broken down, that is only $1000 a year. Anything raised over that will go to her care and other necessities that may arise.

I am wishing upon a star and looking to you for help to make my wish come true. Thank you and may God bless you all…


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