Donate to help Benson get a service dog

Hi, our names are Brandon and Brooke and we are trying to raise money for a service dog for our son Benson.

A little about our son Benson! He is now 10 months old. Benson had his first seizure at 4 months old. This led to him being diagnosed with Dravet syndrome in September 2022.

Dravet is a rare form of drug resistant epilepsy. Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for Dravet. It will bring many challenges and developmental delays as Benson grows.

Shortly after his diagnosis we began looking into seizure dogs. We found most trainers have a waiting list of a few years. We were lucky enough to be connected with a local trainer from the Byron area. Even better news was that he has a dog that has already begun training.

A service dog will help monitor Benson for seizures, alert others when he needs help, along with catch him before he hits the ground during a seizure.

A spectrum of autism is known to be developed in the toddler stages of life with Dravet syndrome. A service dog will be trained to help with the needs that come with that as well.

There are many challenges Benson will face in the future. The benefits of having a service dog will allow us to provide Benson with a better quality of life. It will help us stay ahead of his medical needs and be aware of seizures.

Thank you to everyone who has helped our family and kept us in your thoughts and prayers.

Our goal is to raise $22,000 for the cost and fees of the dog. The dog will be fully trained and be able to join our family late summer to early fall.

Those who wish to follow our journey and stay up to date with Benson are welcome to join our Facebook page:
Benson our Dravet warrior


Brandon Sanford
Lake City, MN

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