Jonty's Medical Assistance Fund

$37,995 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 210 people in 23 months
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Thank you so much to all donors for your assistance. We successfully raised funds for much-needed, life-saving equipment and an epilepsy dog for Jonty. 

Jonty's mum is a Paramedic, and we (as fellow-paramedics) felt we had to help her in this effort. 

Jonty has severe uncontrolled generalised Epilepsy,  and his condition is worsening

He was diagnosed with Epilepsy at 14 months, but despite having been prescribed 9 anti-convulsant medications, his Epilepsy has never been under control, and experiences seizures frequently and regularly. The family have been told that he will never grow out of this condition, and in fact his condition is degenerative. He has already had learning regression in language and literacy, and this will impact him greatly in the future. Jonty has endured more than any  8 year-old should, and will never have the freedom that his friends do). Despite this he has borne it all with a smile and a wonderful attitude.  You can see this in his photgraphs.

However Jonty's family has lately been given some devastating news.  Jonty is now at high risk of Sudden Unexplained Death of an Epileptic Person (SUDEP). 

This means that he must now have a cardiac and oxygen monitor when he sleeps as well as an Epilepsy dog. This will enable continuous monitoring of his vital signs, and will sound an alarm should his heart or oxygen levels be affected by subtle seizures (the kind that puts him at greatest risk of SUDEP). The Epilepsy dog will pick up any seizure activity day and night. These will give this family some much-needed peace of mind that life-threatening incidents will be picked up. The cost of these two things is $25,000.  They are needed as soon as possible. 

This family have had to endure a massive drain on their finances with Physio, Speech, Occupational Therapy, Optometry and Psychology therapy, as well as other medical expenses. They cannot also come up with the funds for both these items.

Following are Tanie's words (Jonty's Mum):  

"I will never forget the day that our lives as we knew it changed forever. It started as a normal day for us, Jonty & I had been to Beauty Park in Frankston, he ran, jumped, climbed and giggled the morning away, nothing seemed at all out of the ordinary, he was well, no signs of illness. We arrived home for his usual afternoon sleep. Sometime after I put him down, I heard a blood curdling high pitched squeal, a loud thump & then the sound of my little toddler jerking uncontrollably no longer in control of his little body. Seconds felt like minutes & minutes hours, even though I was a Paramedic & had treated patients having seizures I had no idea what to do. It was my baby & I wasn’t at work. "

"We are so thankful for the generosity, support and kindness that is being given to our family, we are forever indebted to you & will never forget this. All funds raised will go towards giving Jonty the best future possible, it will give him freedom and independence, it will give us the ability to monitor him overnight, to be alerted when he is having a subtle seizure (the type that put him at greatest risk of SUDEP), it will give us some sense of feeling more at ease, more comfort that he is safe and sleep that is less broken. All funds raised will go towards Jonty and his needs, any money raised over and above the target will be put towards further medical intervention, devices or therapies - giving Jonty the best future possible. "

Thanks once again for all of your wonderful efforts.
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We have exceeded our target. What a fabulous effort from all concerned. Jonty's family is totally over the moon and so are all involved in this campaign. Thank you once again to Neil Mitchell and 3AW, to the Frankston Leader newspaper, to Adam's Boat Course, and of course to all the generous donors. Excess funds will be generously donated by the Jonty's family to help another family-in-need obtain a Smart Pup. Thank you so much to all involved! We and the family are over the moon!
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Wow what a morning! Neil Mitchell at 3AW mentioned this cause and interviewed Tanie (Jonty's Mum). Since then there has been an great response of pledges, and donations on this gofundme site. Thank you so much to Neil Mitchell and 3AW for their support, along with Adams Boat Course, the Frankston Leader newspaper and all our donors. We are nearly at $22,000 in gofundme donations, getting close to our target of $25,000. We are incredibly grateful!
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HI all, We have just reached $7,100 with thanks to recent kind donations, We still have a long way to go. Please check out the great article in the Frankston Leader this week. Jonty's picture is on the front page and details are in the article on page 5. This can be read online at: and more details are available on the Frankston Leader facebook site.
Also please pass on that a Boat License course is being run in Langwarrin on 3rd August 6pm with all funds generously going towards Jonty's assistance. Details of the boat course are at
Thanks heaps, John
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Hi there, please keep an eye out for the Frankston Standard being released this Monday 25 July. It should feature s great pic of Jonty, and mention the upcoming Boat License Course on 3rd August with all funds to be donated to this cause, Thanks so much to Adams Boat Course. Please see details of the course at
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$37,995 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 210 people in 23 months
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Created April 4, 2016
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Bianca Vernon
17 months ago

From Rosebud/ Rye/ Mornington social club trivia night. Hope it helps another child recieve a special pup.

Vicky Savona
18 months ago

Being a dog lover I know how much joy a therapy dog will bring to Jonty,best wishes for the future.

Adam Sontag
18 months ago

Good luck Jonty with the epilepsy dog. Cheers Adam

Kate Atkinson
19 months ago

Wishing you all good health & happiness

Michelle Terlato
19 months ago

Your story touched my whole family & we wish you the very best with your assistance dog and your health xx

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