Seizure-Response Dogs for those with Epilepsy

by Chelsea Hutchison Foundation
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Seizure-Response Dogs for those with Epilepsy
Seizure-Response Dogs for those with Epilepsy
Seizure-Response Dogs for those with Epilepsy
Marissa
Marissa

Hello and thank you for your support of this very special project. To date, we have had the privilege of providing seizure-response service dog grants for 140 families struggling with the effects of epilepsy. We thought you'd enjoy seeing some of our most recent recipients. 

"The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation changed my daughter’s life. Their generous grant helped to pay for a seizure alert service dog for my daughter with epilepsy. The Foundation was compassionate and followed up several times to see how the service dog was doing. This dog has brought immense joy to my daughter, reduces her anxiety about having epilepsy, provides with her with security, and now she had a new best friend. I’ll never be able to thank them enough for all they have done. They are a blessing to the caregivers and people who suffer from epilepsy."

We currently have two GlobalGiving MicroProject fundraisers for two children raising funds in line for grants. Gunner is in line to receive "Rocket"| from Domesti-Pups out of Lincoln, NE this month and Laney is in line to receive her service dog from 4 Paws for Ability out of Xenia, Ohio in the next couple of years.

We sure appreciate your support and are grateful to each and every one of you! 

Lea and Ruby
Lea and Ruby
Tyler
Tyler
Kaitlyn and Mowgli
Kaitlyn and Mowgli

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We are proud to welcome three new service dog teams. Meet RL and Parker, Brianna and Tripp and Shaylynn and Cricket. These teams recently graduated and are working together now. They received their service dogs through Domesti-Pups out of Lincoln, NE. We love this program and love watching these new teams build their confidence. We have two additional graduating with this trainer in 2020 and those photos will follow. With your support and the support of others like you, we are happy to report that we have been able to provide grants for 136 teams like this.

Enjoy the video attached of 2020 STOMP Out Epilepsy and SUDEP, COVID-19 Style. Domesti-Pups is highlighted and offer information on their program.

Thank you again for your continued support of this wonderful project!

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Meet Sarabeth and Dixie. Sarabeth is one of our latest Service Dog grant recipients!  Her service dog Dixie was trained and provided by DJ's K9 Country in Minnesota.  We appreciate your support of this project more than words could express.

We will have more exciting news and photos to share in our next update. We have five service dog teams graduating in August with the same trainer. To date, we have provided 133 grants for fully-trained seizure response service dogs and have several in line to receive grants.

With COVID-19, our fundraising efforts have been greatly affected, however, we are small with very low overhead. This has made a huge difference in our ability to continue providing assistance to our community during these trying times. As a result, when you donate to The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation, you can be assured that your donations are directly affecting those most in need.  We thank you for your support!

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Meet Owen! 

Owen is our latest Service Dog grant recipient!  He will be receiving his Seizure Response Service Dog from 4 Paws for Ability and we are so excited for him!  It will be some time before he is matched with his service dog, but a dog has now been put into training for him.  It is not a quick process. We promise to update when this team is joined.

Funds for this grant were provided in memory of a beautiful young lady, Delaney Hughes, taken too soon.  

Service dogs bring so much peace to those suffering with seizures.  Did you know that a service dog can be trained to alert to a seizure, notifying parents and caregivers that a seizure is occuring.  Service dogs can be trained to the specific needs of their handler, whether it be bracing a fall, bringing life-saving rescue medications to a caregiver during a seizure, protecting from harm during a seizure and/or licking or stimulating the patient to reduce the length of the seizure.  They are a lot of work for the families, but so worth it.

Thank you for your support of this program.  We are overwhelmed with the number of requests for assistance as these service dogs are not inexpensive.  We currently have 18 individuals we are working for to help bring amazing teams together.

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Chelsea was born into our lives on September 28, 1992. She brought more joy and love than we can express in words. She was a precious daughter, sister, niece, cousin, and friend. Chelsea was a light in the lives of many. At the age of 11, she began having occasional seizures. We were told how to manage these seizures, and Chelsea lived life to the fullest. At the age of 16, on the morning of April 9, 2009, we awoke to the nightmare that Chelsea had died unexpectedly after having a seizure in her sleep. Like many of the families we work with, we had no idea this danger existed.

We felt driven to help those living with epilepsy in the hopes that we could raise awareness of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (“SUDEP”) and help prevent families from going through what we did. Maybe you heard of the passing of Disney actor, Cameron Boyce, to SUDEP in July. 

In our daughter’s memory, The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation strives to grant comfort, hope, and a community to individuals and families living with epilepsy. The funds raised are used to provide grants for seizure-response service dogs, life-saving movement monitors, and wish trips to Epilepsy Awareness Educational Expo and Day at Disneyland each year.

Celebrate with us! We have been lucky to empower thousands of people since we began.

To date, we have been blessed to provide almost 900 life-saving movement monitors to families affected by epilepsy. We also have been able to provide 124 grants for seizure-response dogs.  In addition, through Chelsea’s Wish, we have been privileged to provide trips to 83 families for learning, education, and fun at Disneyland’s Epilepsy Awareness Day held each November.  But the work is not over. As a matter of fact, with SUDEP being of national news after the passing of Cameron Boyce, the requests for assistance have dramatically increased.

We want you to know that you are appreciated. We would not be reaching all of those we have helped to date if it were not for you! Because of your advocacy, time, sharing, care, and gifts, we have and will continue to make a difference in many lives. 

We have had an increase in visibility nationally, and because of that we have seen a large increase in the number of requests. We still provide as many grants and devices as we can and will continue to do so. 

Your tax-deductible gift today will help us to provide trained seizure-response service dogs for individuals and families.

Sincerely and with great appreciation,

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Chelsea Hutchison Foundation

Location: Littleton, CO - USA
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Julie Hutchison
Littleton, CO United States
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