A Service Dog for Rylan

$11,475 of $11k goal

Raised by 183 people in 47 months
Megan Dittrich-Reed  KNOXVILLE, TN
Rylan AKA "The Boog" is, as I tell him nightly, the greatest boy in the Universe. He also has autism and epilepsy. This spring we began working with Wilderwood Service Dogs in Maryville, TN to obtain a service dog for Ry to help with symptoms of his autism and epilepsy. This dog will be vital to Rylan's health and independence in so many ways. Once trained, it can help with everything from interrupting his self-stimulatory behaviors so he can focus during ABA therapy sessions to keeping him from running into the street to helping alert us when Rylan has a seizure so we can get his emergency medication into him as quickly as possible.

The full cost of the dog will be $12,000. This is actually a pretty cheap price tag for a service dog as Wilderwood is a non-profit organization. However, it's not an amount we can raise alone. We've put down the initial $1000 deposit, and now we need to raise $5000 by September 1 and the remaining $6000 by December 1. The Boog thanks you very, very, very much for any donation you can make small or large and for sharing his story. You can learn more about him on my blog: megcentric.blogspot.com. He is an amazing, gentle, loving child and I am lucky to be his mother.



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Posted by Megan Dittrich-Reed
46 months ago
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I cannot believe we're almost 2/3 of the way to our goal already! You people rock! We are so deeply, deeply grateful for the incredible outpouring of generosity we've seen over the past 3 days! Completely unexpected and very, very exciting!
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Jackson Paulson
26 months ago

i need a service dog because of my tourettes, maybe i should do this.

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Erin Blocksidge
46 months ago

My son has an Autism Service Dog from another agency similar to this - we received him in August 2012 and it has literally changed our lives. I'm wishing you all the best in your journey - though it is a long road and the amount it large, the stress and work will be worth it 100 times over when you meet your child's furry guardian angel :)

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Angela Hoehn
47 months ago

Wish they accepted paypal!

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$11,475 of $11k goal

Raised by 183 people in 47 months
Created June 17, 2013
Megan Dittrich-Reed  
AA
$100
Amy Allen
42 months ago

I cant wait to meet Rylan some day! Xo, Amy Allen and Ryan Jarvinen

JS
$50
Jan Sabo
46 months ago

We love you Rylan! Jan, Tom, Sam and Emma

PP
$50
Peggy Van Patten
46 months ago

Best to Rylan and all your family. Am sure his service dog will be a great addition! Love, Peggy & Michael (from Joni's Women's Group)

CM
$60
Christa Mayer
46 months ago
NS
$1,000
Nikki Nardick, Maggie Perry, Stacy Silver, and Tiffany Rose at SS|PR
46 months ago

SS|PR is a huge dog friendly and dog loving company and Rylan's campaign jumped out at us and tugged at our hearts. We saw that you were just shy of your goal and we wanted to give you $1000 to make sure your goal was met!

JC
$25
Jean Cullinane
46 months ago
AN
$25
Ashlynne & Jennifer Namanny
46 months ago
LC
$15
Lisa Cantwell
46 months ago
JB
$20
Julie B.
46 months ago

Lots of love!

AK
$20
Auston K
46 months ago
Jackson Paulson
26 months ago

i need a service dog because of my tourettes, maybe i should do this.

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Erin Blocksidge
46 months ago

My son has an Autism Service Dog from another agency similar to this - we received him in August 2012 and it has literally changed our lives. I'm wishing you all the best in your journey - though it is a long road and the amount it large, the stress and work will be worth it 100 times over when you meet your child's furry guardian angel :)

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Angela Hoehn
47 months ago

Wish they accepted paypal!

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