Do you remember this page? It seems like such a long, long time since we began this journey.
Thank you so much to everyone who donated and spread the word and helped us meet our fundraising goal for Bradyn’s seizure response dog! We are so very appreciative to all of you!
The time has finally arrived! We received word from the foundation that we are scheduled for training and to pick up Bradyn’s dog (now known as “Waffle Dog”) on April the 17th. We will be spending 10 days in Xenia, Ohio getting trained and bonding with the dog.
In the next days I will start purchasing plane tickets, reserving rental cars and hotel rooms, figuring out our food budget. All the things that are required for a 10 day trip across the country.
A few friends have asked that I provide a coordinated way for them to help us with the expenses on this trip. I know that you have already helped us so much, please know that I know and appreciate each and every one of you.
If you want to help us cover the cost of this trip you can click here.
WE MET OUR GOAL!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!
Bradyn’s puppy is currently being trained and B is scheduled for training in March of 2012. I will post updates as I have them!
My son Bradyn will be 4 on July 14 of 2010. He’s funny, compassionate, smart, loving and sociable. He loves pets, is full of energy and has been managing uncontrolled Epilepsy since he was 18 months old. He has seen multiple doctors and has tried multiple anti-seizure meds. He has been in and out of the hospital, undergone multiple tests and procedures and has dealt with an array of side effects from his medication. The epilepsy combined with his various medications make him feel off balance, anxious, irritable, worried, scared, annoyed, hesitant, angry and alone. He is also very sensitive to noise, bright lights and crowds, making it hard for him to enjoy and participate in social situations. He has frequent “meltdowns” and struggles with peer-to-peer interactions.
Incredibly, Bradyn has been accepted to receive a service dog from a non-profit organization called 4 Paws for Ability. 4 Paws is a fantastic organization that trains service dogs to address the specific needs of each child in the program. But, training service dogs is expensive! It costs 4 Paws an average of $22,000 per dog placed. At 4 Paws they partner with the child’s family who become volunteer fund raisers for 4 Paws and make a commitment to raise a minimum of $13,000 for the agency before taking ownership of the service dog.
For Bradyn, a service dog could help by offering comfort when he is afraid, providing a distraction during unpleasant medical procedures, participating in therapy sessions to encourage Bradyn’s interaction, his service dog could be trained to use a tethering system to help him maintain his balance and independence when his medications make him feel dizzy and off balance. But from a parents perspective, the most important thing that this dog will do is alert us to seizures as they are happening in the middle of the night. Because the possibility of Bradyn needing CPR after a seizure is very real, night time has become a very scary time for us. We don’t sleep well anymore. Kyle and I take turns sleeping in his room and spend the majority of the night listening to him. Listening to ensure that he is breathing and making sure he doesn’t need help. Having a dog that is trained to wake us up if Bradyn needs help will change our life. This dog will bring us a sense of peace that we haven’t had in a very long time.
We are very excited about this opportunity!
Bradyn has met his fundraising goal! You can help other children by making a tax-deductible donation, please send a check to:
4 Paws For Ability
235 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, OH 45385
Please write: “In honor of Bradyn Fergerson” in the memo portion of your check.