Canine Comrade for Autism Brothers

 My name is Heather McConnell.  I have a wonderful husband who is a nurse.  I have a beautiful 8 year old daughter who is one of the most selfless children on the planet.  I also have two very special Autism Warriors that would greatly benefit from a service dog. 

In February of 2016, Sam was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder with sensory processing disorder.  A year later, he was diagnosed with Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, an eating disorder that results in an extremely limited diet.  

Zeke was diagnosed a year later with Autism Spectrum Disorder with sensory processing disorder as well as a gross motor impairment.  Zeke has a speech delay and didn’t say Mama until he was 3 and a half.

Sam and Zeke are now 7 and 6.   We are trying to raise funds for a service dog to help Sam and Zeke with public outings, anxiety about sleeping, elopement, aggressive behavior that could turn into self harming behavior.  The dog would help with medical appointment, hospitalizations, and any other procedures that come up in the future.

As a family, we do not take vacations.  Our day trips involve taking two cars so we all don’t have to leave as soon as one of the boys gets overwhelmed.  Being able to go on family vacations is something my husband and  I have dreamed off doing since we started a family.   Having a service dog would make such a difference in Sam and Zeke’s lives.  

Thank you so much,

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Heather McConnell 
Pine Island, MN
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