Service Dog for Emily with Tourettes

$8,004 of $32k goal

Raised by 99 people in 44 months
Monica Panzer Jones  MANLIUS, NY

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 - www.tsa-usa.org

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

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Update 8
24 months ago

It's been over a year since Casey has arrived and life is good! We are now focusing our fundraising efforts to help others with Tourettes.
We will be running multiple races in January 2015 to help spread awareness about TS and help the national Tourette Syndrome Association. Casey will be running with us.
Please help us spread the word and raise money for them.
Check out our website at
http://www.active.com/donate/wdw15/TeamEmilyforTourettes
Thanks!
The Jones Girls
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Update 7
35 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.
http://www.active.com/donate/wdw14/wdw14JonesGirls
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Update 6
40 months ago

We are three weeks away from Casey's scheduled arrival. Please help us reach our goal. We are SO close.
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Update 5
41 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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Sarah Clanton
4 months ago

My 10 year old suffers from tics and right now is one of his flare ups... This has given me so much hope that maybe besides medication there may be something else to help. I would love details on how I could try and get started for my TS son to get a service dog. I think it would change his life. Good luck guys and so happy for you!!!!!!!

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Kerry Moore
35 months ago

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!

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Kristyn Gibbons
42 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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$8,004 of $32k goal

Raised by 99 people in 44 months
Created January 31, 2013
Monica Panzer Jones  
T.
$5
The Pittinger Family .
17 months ago

You've reached $7999 but OCD dictated you reach $8K. So here this will get you there.

T.
$25
The Pittinger Family .
17 months ago
KD
$600
Karol Digan
35 months ago
$25
Kerry Moore
35 months ago

Good luck!!!

JB
$20
Jennifer von Briesen
39 months ago
$5
Anonymous
39 months ago
CS
$25
Catherine Shannon
39 months ago
TF
$25
The Pittinger family
39 months ago
BH
$25
Betsy Herrick
40 months ago
JM
$30
Jeffrey McKenna
40 months ago
Sarah Clanton
4 months ago

My 10 year old suffers from tics and right now is one of his flare ups... This has given me so much hope that maybe besides medication there may be something else to help. I would love details on how I could try and get started for my TS son to get a service dog. I think it would change his life. Good luck guys and so happy for you!!!!!!!

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Kerry Moore
35 months ago

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!

+ Read More
Kristyn Gibbons
42 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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