It will change the life of this precious little girl who struggles with seizures. Seizure response dogs are a special type of service dog, specifically trained to help someone who has epilepsy or a seizure disorder. The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation is currently fundraising to be able to provide a grant to Addisyn and Simba, a Golden Retriever in training for her.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Addisyn is a 6-year old girl who experiences seizures as a result of a Sturge Weber Syndrome diagnosis. Having a seizure-response dog for her would give her family some peace of mind, especially when she is asleep at night or away from them. Addisyn's family lives in a constant state of exhausting worry and stress because these seizures can occur without any notice.
How will this project solve this problem?
Simba is being trained to retrieve medications and to use a K-9 Able phone to alert her parents of a seizure. Other tasks include picking up objects, walking beside a wheel chair, getting help and to comfort Addisyn when needed. He is being trained to have many tasks in an effort truly bring some relief to this family and make a big difference in the life of a little girl.
Potential Long Term Impact
Our goal is to get life-saving measures in line for all who could benefit from them. By raising SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy) awareness, our hope is to get epilepsy research on the radar. Most believe that if you have seizures you can take a pill and be cured. Truth is that only 1/3 of those with seizures are controlled by medication. For many, multiple seizures are an every-day part of their life. 1 in 26 will be diagnosed with epilepsy in their lifetime.
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.
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