Service Dog for Emily with Tourettes

Raised: $7,974.00
Goal: $32,000.00

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Emily is 15 years old. She started ticcing at the age of 6 and was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome at age 10 when her symptoms became severe. Tourette Syndrome is a neurobiological... more


Updated posted by Monica Panzer Jones 6 months ago

Thank you to everyone who helped us get Casey here. With your support Emily & Casey have been making their new lives together. THey are an amazing pair.
We are now turning our focus to helping more folks with Tourette Syndrome. For the past 6 years, we have joined the national Tourette Syndrome Association at Disney's marathon weekend to raise funds and spread awareness of Tourettes. Please help us if you can. Below is the link to our page. All funds go to the national organization to help with research and advocacy for folks with TS. Thanks.


Updated posted by Monica Panzer Jones 11 months ago

We are three weeks away from Casey's scheduled arrival. Please help us reach our goal. We are SO close.


Updated posted by Monica Panzer Jones 12 months ago

Thank you so much to those who joined us last week at our fundraiser. We are grateful for the help we received but still have a long way to go. Please share Emily's story with your friends and family so we can help bring Casey home to her.


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Created by Monica Panzer Jones on January 31, 2013

Emily is 15 years old.   She started ticcing at the age of 6 and was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome at age 10 when her symptoms became severe.  

Tourette Syndrome is a neurobiological disorder that is characterized by tics.  Tics are involuntary, rapid, sudden movements and/or vocal outbursts that occur repeatedly.  Motor tics can be simple like blinking or shoulder shrugging to complex such as head banging, rolling eyes or pinching.  People with TS also often have anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and attention deficit disorder. 
Emily has the whole package.  She has struggled for years to overcome her TS and be successful in school and live the life of a "normal" teenager.  She has tried all types of medications and therapies to control her Tourettes.  Unfortunately, her Tourettes sometimes gets the best of her.  
A service dog gives Emily a new chance.  It would let her do things she couldn't otherwise do - go to crowded places without having a panic attack, help control her tics so she doesn't physically hurt herself, and calm her anxiety so she can just be a teen.
Service dogs require extensive training especially so they can learn to help with the tics not be afraid of them (like people often are). This training is costly and difficult.  Few groups will take this on.  THanks to the help of Healing Allies in Seattle, WA, Emily has this amazing opportunity.
We need your help.  Please donate what you can to help us reach our goal and give Emily the new chance she deserves.  
If you want more information about Tourette Syndrome, you can go to the national TSA website -

Don't forget - April 24th at the amazing Palace Theater.  Food, entertainment, fun, silent auction and more.  Please join us.  


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I wish you the best of luck with your fundraising. My daughter, Dale, has TS and now has a service dog, Zeke. he has made life so much better! They go to school full time! It is an amazing blessing!

posted by Kerry Moore 6 months ago

I just came across this page through just happening to see it on a FB friends page. I think this is such an amaZing beautiful way that our community comes together as one and help others who are in need! It's just awesome seeing the donations coming in ( hopefully followed by many many more!!!!). I just wanted to say God bless you , Emily if you ever need help at any events to raise money to get you that dog you very much deserve let me know!!! I'm always on f.b and I love to help ppl who are struggling . I would like to believe someone out there would lend me a helping hand as well : ) I have always treated others the way I would like to be treated. I commend you for speaking up and I will have you in my prayers

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