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Service Dog Training for Railynn

$11,990 of $17,000 goal

Raised by 109 people in 6 months
When you are used to being the one who gives, it's extra hard to ask for help. Many of you know Railynn's story. At 2 years of age, she underwent brain surgery as a result of a Chiari malformation and had the cerebellar tonsils (base of her brain) removed. The Chiari malformation was discovered as a result of a seizure Rai had shortly prior to this time.

She has done well for the most part until September of this year when she had another major seizure. Railynn was unresponsive for 3 hours and had to be careflighted to Dallas. Many of you were part of our prayer chain that brought our sweet angel back to us. Exactly one month later, Railynn had another major seizure, became unresponsive and again had to be careflighted to Dallas for medical treatment.  Rai had a 3rd seizure while at school recently and thanks to the wonderful teachers and personnel at Rains ISD, she was given medication that prevented that seizure from progressing to the level of her previous ones. In all, Railynn has had 7 seizures since September. Because of the ongoing certainty that more seizures will come, it has been recommended that Railynn would benefit from having a service dog. After much research, it was determined that a Goldendoodle was the best dog to serve in this capacity and Railynn got one for Christmas. Her name is Lacy and you can see her in the associated picture.

Now, the reason for this gofundme account. Training Lacy to perform all the functions of a service dog will take 6-12 months and cost $15,000-$17,000. Once trained, Lacy will serve to reduce many of the stress triggers that can lead to the seizures as well as be able to notify someone before Railynn actually has a seizure. That will allow medication to be given to hopefully prevent the seizure from happening at all. Despite having insurance, Dewayne and Emily have thousands of dollars of out-of-pocket medical expenses. They are both working extra hard to get those expenses paid and try to earn extra money to pay for the training.  I felt led to start this gofundme account. Emily reluctantly allowed me to do this because she takes after me and feels like they should be able to figure a way to do everything by themselves. But, I know that Dewayne and Emily have blessed so many people through the years and I know it's a blessing to be able to give back when someone has a need. So, if you would like to be a blessing to them, I would greatly appreciate any donation to help offset the expenses of Lacy's training. Every single dollar raised will go towards this training. Feel free to share this post or contact me if you have any questions or would like additional information. Thank you in advance for your blessing!
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Hello everyone! After much prayer, I started this fund about a month ago. Railynn, along with Emily, Dewayne, and the rest of their family has been through so much over the past 6 months. In addition to the heartache of watching the effects these seizures have had on Railynn, they have accumulated thousands of dollars of medical expenses despite having health insurance. So many of you responded and have given over $15,000 (we had about $4,000 given outside this fund) towards the training of Railynn's service dog. There is no way we will ever be able to thank you for your generosity! Many others have been praying for Railynn. I plead with you to continue as we still have so many unanswered questions. Her neurology team is wanting to run more tests because they still do not understand the type of seizures that Railynn has that completely shuts down so many of her bodily functions.

We are within a couple thousand dollars of our goal, and it will be several months until all of this money is due. Because of that, we feel like we can come up with the remaining balance in the interim, so we are going to close this fund down at this time. You guys have been awesome and have provided us with some much needed emotional and financial support. We thank God daily for you! I will continue to update Railynn's progress as well as Lacy's training when that time comes. We pray for Railynn's total and complete healing, but in the absence of that, we want to be diligent to do everything possible to protect our little angel. Never hesitate to ask about Railynn when she crosses your mind and again, please continue to keep her in your prayers.

With a grateful heart,

Donnie
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It's been a few days since I've sent an update, but want to keep everyone informed. We've gone over the $11,000 mark!!! Praise the Lord! And, thank you friends and family! We have $3,000 given outside of the GoFundMe account, so we are within $3,000 of reaching the amount needed for Lacy's training. As you can see from the newest picture, Railynn and Lacy continue to bond. This was one of the freezing days earlier this week, but Railynn wanted to go out in the yard with Lacy for just a few minutes. As always, thank you for your prayers and please continue to pray for Railynn and help us reach our goal for her!
Rai and Lacy in the freezing cold!
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Thank you for your continued support! Please continue to pray for Railynn as we look for answers. With this last seizure, Railynn's neurologist doesn't think their original diagnosis is correct and will be doing some new testing in the coming weeks. We appreciate you all sooo much!!!
Already best of friends!
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Here is the post testing picture. Railynn is all smiles and Lacy is just tired. So grateful that everything is moving in the right direction!
Railynn is all smiles and Lacy passed!
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