Haley is a 28 year old young woman who was born with a neurological disorder called Rett Syndrome. She can't walk or talk, has frequent seizures, and needs round-the-clock assistance with things like walking, eating, and getting around.
Despite her special needs and challenges, Haley's smiles are frequent and light up the room. She loves people and animals - especially dogs - but because of her disabilities, she isn't able to get up and pet the family dog, and she can't talk or socialize with friends.
Ginnie, an adorable and extremely capable golden doodle that is in service dog training at Canine Helpers, and Haley formed an immediate connection when they first met. Ginnie is in training to detect seizures, could alert caretakers if Haley falls over and hurts herself, and is a 24/7 companion, friend, and protector to someone who isn't able to socialize. Ginnie seems to already be a soothing presence to Haley, and could calm Haley down after having a bad seizure. In addition, she could provide Haley's parents with much-needed rest, who haven't had a full night's sleep in years, having to be on constant alert for when Haley has a seizure.
When I told Haley I was starting her GoFundMe campaign to help her adopt Ginnie, she started beaming and laughing. Haley and our whole family would be incredibly grateful to you for any contributions we receive. We really can't put a pricetag on what a lifelong companion and protector would be worth to Haley, but it would cost about $16,200 for Ginnie, her training, and her fees. Ginnie is one of many service dogs in training at Canine Helpers, a fantastic organization that helps select and train service dogs for people with special needs. (For more information, check out their website at http://caninehelpers.org.)
*Update: per GoFundMe's policy, I am raising this money for Haley, not for myself. My name is Benjamin Allen; I am Haley Allen's brother. We are from Buffalo, NY. All funds will go to the organization Canine Helpers as payment for Ginnie, Haley's service dog. All money or checks received from GoFundMe as part of the campaign will be directly signed over to Canine Helpers.
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