Our primary purpose is to help those in need by providing them with service dogs and empowering them to live a life of fulfillment and become an integral part of society. What inevitably happens though is a ripple effect.
Take for example Jason Owens. Jason was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis Type II in 1996. It is a genetic disorder that causes hundreds of tumors to grow throughout the body’s Central Nervous System. Unfortunately, for now, there is no cure available and treatment is done on individual tumors via radiation or removal.
You can imagine that this is not an enjoyable process. Jason has had approximately a dozen surgeries since 1996. The most serious surgery was in 2007 when he had a golf ball size brain tumor removed.
After a year of physical therapy, he was left with weakness in his legs, loss of balance, and deaf. Unable to perform his duties at work, he lost his job and went on long term disability.
He currently has tumors on his spine that effect his strength and dexterity in his hands. His long term prognoses is several more surgeries ahead as the disease progresses.
One of the most unfortunately effects of Jason’s situation is that as a husband and father of two, he cannot enjoy the full mobility that others take for granted. Fortunately, the love and support of his family has kept him strong and forward looking. With the help of a service dog though, his life would be enriched even more.
A service dog will not only help Jason, he or she will also help Jason’s family. A service dog will help empower Jason, helping him in many ways and enabling him to be less dependent on his family. His family then would also be able to help Jason in other ways and be able to spend more time enjoying the life they have together. This change will also then create a ripple effect with all those they see and know.
Here’s Jason with his family during the holidays.
Sometimes we are so focused on one individual that we often forget the kind of value a service dog can have on that individual’s family and friends.
Help us raise the money we need to get Jason a service dog.
Simply click on the donate button on the right or click right here to make a donation today.
We appreciate your support and we know Jason and his family does too.