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Help Gabby train her service dog!

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Raised by 185 people in 8 months
Gabriella is our 11 year old daughter who suddenly lost 95% of her vision 4th of July weekend. Gabby has a rare genetic eye disease that has caused blindness in 7 generations of our family. This disease is still a mystery to doctors around the country, who have been studying it since the 1960's when Gabby's grandmother began losing her vision.
Gabby has a massive fluid build up under her retina which is causing it to shred into layers. This build up of fluid has caused a macular tear which has resulted in the loss of her vision, intracranial pressure, significant episodes of vertigo, migraines, and anxiety. She also has genetic anomalies in both optic nerves, with fluid building up in both eyes, but the disease in her right eye has been progressing more rapidly. Gabby is preparing for major eye surgery this Wednesday, 11/22/17, which will require her to remain face down with little to no movement for 7 days, then she will have 6 weeks of recovery. We will not know if the surgery was successful until the end of the 6 weeks.
Before her vision loss, Gabby was an accomplished soccer player, who just earned a scholarship to play on a competitive soccer team. In a matter of minutes, her dream of being an Olympic soccer player was sadly taken from her. She lost the ability to read, play sports, draw, cook, and play games, which she loves to do, with her 3 special needs siblings. Instead she is now learning how to walk with a cane, read Braille, and write using adaptive equipment. Gabby has handled this life altering medical issue with grace, strength, faith, and hope. She even speaks hope and offers support to other children, and often prays with them during their toughest moments.
Now it's our turn to help our amazing little girl! We need help raising funds to train Hannah, Gabby's St. Bernard, as a service dog; so Gabby can be as independent as possible. The trainer has been extremely generous and offered his services  of boarding and training before we have the full deposit. He will provide all equipment that Gabby and Hannah will need as well as lifetime support.
Please help us help our little girl. There is absolutely no way that we can do this without the support from family, friends and our community. Gabby not only needs this dog for physical and emotional support; but she deserves to lead as normal a life as possible, and having a service dog will provide her the means to get there. We are forever grateful for any amount that you can spare. Thank you so much for helping this dream become a reality.
God Bless,
Lisa, Joe, Chris, Chy, Gabby, and Joey.
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Gabby and Hannah are doing great! Hannah has come such a long way with her training. They are still working on public access, but each trip out is an improvement over the last. Hannah is still being treated for her ears, with weekly visits to the vet. Gabby's eyes are stable and she is preparing for a week of summer camp with Lighthouse for the Blind.
Hannah is bracing Gabby for support.
Best friends
Hannah helping Gabby play hide m seek
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Hannah is doing great. She continues to learn new ways to support Gabby during her tough days. Gabby hasn't fallen once since Hannah has returned home from training!!!
Hannah resting in her favorite Chari.
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Hannah is doing well with her training. She still has a way to go with public access, but she is making great progress. Gabby's eyes are stable. We return March 19th for another procedure on her right eye. It is not a major surgery like the last one thank goodness. Her doctors are hoping this less invasive procedure will remove the last of the remaining fluid under her retina. The pressure is her eye is stable and her vision is 20/200 in both eyes, but no central vision in her right eye. She also has a cataract in her right eye.
Hannah supporting Gabby during school.
Gabby getting pics taken at the Dr.
The dark area is the scarring in her eye
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Gabby and Hannah are doing great with their training. Hannah is almost fully recovered from her recent surgery, and Gabby is also recovering from her surgery. Her visit this past Monday showed another small tear in her retina. However, the doctor is going to wait a month before we discuss scheduling more surgery.We will return to Bascom Palmer at the end of January.
True friendship and love
Hannah hugging Gabby
Hannah giving Gabby a hug and kiss.
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