This project will change the life of an amazing woman who deals with seizures on on a regular basis. 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 Jenny and Copper, a service dog in training for her.
Jenny is a 32-year old woman, who is not able to live alone for her safety because of her seizures. Jenny wants her independence and believes Copper will help her with her seizures and allow her to live a more independent life. She looks forward to being able to experience life and not be held back any longer. She is looking forward to feeling confident about being in public by herself.
Imagine being a adult and not not being able to live on your own. Copper is being trained to retrieve medication and to paw a K-9 Able phone if a seizure occurs. He will pull pillows away during night-time seizures and lay beside Jenny during a seizure. He will also be used for mobility and guiding to safety in case of walking seizure and will pick up objects for her as necessary.
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 provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
A tribute to those lost to seizures.
Chelsea Hutchison Foundation, a Year in Photos