Help get Xena to School

$12,723 of $25k goal

Raised by 44 people in 33 months
Cyndie Cole  GAYLORD, MI
Christine started having seizures in 2009. She was eventually diagnosed as having complex partial (focal) seizures, meaning the electrical activity remained in a limited area of the brain. Sometimes, though, it evolves to affect the entire brain.

Christine's form of epilepsy prevents her from remembering she had a seizure. Because of this, Christine denies having seizures,

It's all been a journey to find out what was causing her epilepsy. We went from pediatrician to neurologist to endocrinologist to geneticist. It turned out to be a genetic problem with one of her chromosomes.



Through the long period of testing, it was unclear if doctors would ever find a way to control Christine's seizures. Aware of service dogs that could detect and alert for seizures, I decided to purchase a dog for Christine.

Seizure dog training takes several years and the average cost of training runs close to $25,000 or more. I have received help from the local Lions Club and other individuals to start Xena's training, but now it is time to step it up and go for the final chapter, which is the largest cost.

This school year has been a challenge for Christine, she has had a seizure in school once a week since the beginning of school. Imagine the disruption caused by this not only to Christine but to her teacher, class and school. They have a well laid out plan for handling things when this happens, but imagine how much better it will be for all when I get Xena certified.

Xena already senses when there is something wrong, with the training she will be taught to alert Christine and her teacher. This way they will be able to take Christine to a safe quite place and wait it out.thereby not disrupting class.






Thank you for listening to our story and thank-you for any help to can give to help us get Xena certified as a seizure alert dog.

The Cole's


For more information on epilepsy here is a link you might find informational   http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.epilepsy.com%2Fepilepsy%2Ftypes_seizures&h=cAQGzGBVR
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Update 12
23 months ago

I just realized it has been awhile since I updated. Again thanks to all who have supported our cause. Since I last updated, Towards the end of the school year Xena attended school a couple times and went on a field trip with Christine's class. Even came to the field day on the last day of school. Since then she came home for the summer for a break and we really enjoyed having her home. However the vacation didn't come without a price, Xena, learned a few "bad" habits. The other side of the coin was we weren't to sure where Christine was going to be going to school, once that was all settled and the school year began, Xena went back into training on September 9. She hasn't yet gotten back to the school, but should be going in soon. She did come and ride the bus one day with me, and attended one of Christine's soccer games.

For the moment that is where we are, I will try and remember to update in a couple weeks. Again thank you all.
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Update 11
31 months ago

With the addition of $8958 Xena will be going back into training. We will have one more month with Miss Z and then she will be back in training the next level. Thank you so much everyone who has contributed. Christine is starting to get excited that her dog will get to go to school.
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Update 10
31 months ago

Wow time has flown by it has been a week since the spaghetti dinner and bakesale it was a huge success, as soon as I get the final tally I will post. Thank-you all for your continued support. It looks like Xena will at least be able to begin the next portion of her training. Again Thank-you Thank-you for your support.
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Update 9
32 months ago

Excitement is building around here for the Benefit Dinner, only 3-more sleeps.

Please note it has been moved to
ST MARY CATHEDRAL PARISH HALL
606 N OHIO
GAYLORD, MI
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$12,723 of $25k goal

Raised by 44 people in 33 months
Created January 11, 2014
BP
$8,958
Bunches of People
31 months ago (Offline Donation)

These were the funds raised from the spaghetti dinner and bake sale.

MP
$500
Matt Preuss
32 months ago
RS
$300
Ron And Pat Shryock
32 months ago

Prayers that we can get this done and get Christine the protection that she needs and deserves.

KH
$50
Kellie Harding
32 months ago
$50
Anonymous
32 months ago
$50
Anonymous
32 months ago
MK
$25
Mike Keesler
32 months ago
CK
$50
Cathy kuch
32 months ago
GS
$200
Gary/joy Selesko
32 months ago

Hope you get to your goal soon!

$25
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32 months ago
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