Help Zena get a Mobility Aid Service Dog

Hi, my name is Zena Myers. I am the 22-year-old daughter of school teacher Lisa Upchurch, and I have hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome as well as a Functional Neurological Disorder that is keeping it in flare, causing more pain and joint instability than normal. Because of these medical conditions, I have difficulty walking and feeling steady when I do so, even with the use of mobility aids. I am seeking help in funding a service dog that is trained to help with mobility to reduce the anxiety and risk around falling. They would be able to brace against me to help keep me steady and would not be blown away by the fierce Oklahoma wind, unlike traditional mobility aids. In addition to the physical help this dog would bring, they would also help to support in the mental health battle that comes with fighting a chronic illness.
 
They are very expensive since they go through rigorous training to be able to help the handler they are paired with to perform tasks around the house or support them when walking. Typically, they can be anywhere from $15,000 to $30,000, which would be unrealistic to try for on the income of a teacher's salary, and nearly impossible with only one parental support. With your help, I can afford a service dog that will greatly improve my quality of life. Any amount that is in excess will be used towards travel expenses, care for the dog over the course of their life, and medical expenses for my chronic illnesses. Thank you for reading; if you are unable to donate, please share or look up information on Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome to help raise awareness!
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Zena Myers
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Blanchard, OK

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