It will change the life of an sweet young girl, described as "light to this world" who deals with the seizures on a daily basis. Seizure response dogs are a special type of service dog, specifically trained to help someone who has epilepsy or a seizure disorder. CHF is currently fundraising to provide a grant for Nora and her new service dog in training. Due to the differing needs between each case, every potential seizure dog receives specialized training.
The problem of needing eyes on Nora 24/7. She wants to be able to play like a normal child and not feel like a baby who has to be watched or babysat constantly. Her dog could keep eyes on her, comfort her and give her some independence back, and a sense of some normalcy. Her family would not have to worry as much and would be able3 to get normal daily tasks accomplished, while Nora would get to run and play like a normal 8 year old.
Nora will be able to attend school more and be with her friends without needing someone right next to her at all times. It will give her some responsibilities and independence and help her not feel so alone. A service dog will help build her confidence while out in public. Strangers would know she has epilepsy instead of wondering what is going on. They'd see the dog and know that she needs help and support, instead of making false assumptions like currently.
Nora is a fighter and even though she has daily seizures, she always has a smile on her face. She never gives up! A service dog would be an amazing companion for her - a positive in her stressful life. Her intractable epilepsy means she will most likely always have seizures and need support. Her seizures come from both sides of her brain, and she is beating all odds by being able to walk and talk, but often struggles with endurance and keeping up with others her age.