It will change the life of an amazing young woman who deals with the 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 $2500 grant to Amber and Richter, a service dog in training for her. Due to the differing needs between each case, every potential seizure dog receives specialized training.
Amber is a 15 year old young lady from Colorado, diagnosed with epilepsy. Amber wants her independence. She believes having a service dog to help her with her seizures will allow her to attend college and stay in a dorm room. 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 and to stand, without fear of of falling.
Imagine being a teenager and never being able to do the things that most teenagers do. Richter is being trained to keep her save by bracing a fall, protecting her during a seizure and summoning help. While in training, Richter is demonstrating some alerting abilities and in time, will hopefully have the ability to alert Amber ahead of a seizure so she can keep herself safe.
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.
A tribute to those lost to seizures.
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