My friend, Cindy of Vegetarian Mamma, informed me a short while ago about a need their family has for a service dog to help their boys, Carson and Benjamin, with their life-threatening food allergies. As soon as I heard about it, I knew I was going to blog about it and give you all the chance to help by either giving donations or by helping spread the word.
These dogs (provided by Angel Service Dogs, Inc.) are amazing! I've seen service dogs in action, both for the blind and for a girl who is a fragile diabetic, and let me tell you - these people literally could not live without the service these dogs provide. They are worth their weight in gold and then some! They help save lives, and I'd love for my friend to be able to get this amazing dog (Gia is the name of the dog they are trying to get) for her sons!
Please take a little time to read over the Gimme 5 Campaign info below (written by Cindy), and please donate if you can! If nothing else, please help spread the word for this worthy cause! Thanks so much! :)
Did you know that giving a tax-deductible donation as little as $5 can help two energetic boys and their family have some peace of mind in their fight against life-threatening food allergies?
Carson (age 6) and Benjamin (3) both live with life threatening food allergies. Benjamin was diagnosed with an anaphylactic allergy to peanuts and almonds, as well as asthma in November 2011 at only 18 months old. Benjamin also has a dairy allergy as well as a severe gluten intolerance. Benjamin's asthma complied with his life threatening allergies puts him at extremely high risk. Carson was diagnosed with a life-threatening allergy to almonds in November 2012 at age 5. Since then our daily lives require emergency medicines in tow at all times. We are never more than an arms length away from the life saving medicine. Going out to eat as a family has been severely restricted. We currently have two places that we trust. Trips to stores include avoiding isles with peanuts, the bakery and other high risk areas. When we do get invited to birthday parties, it takes multiple conversations with the party planners to ensure there are no nut products to be consumed. As you can see each part of our daily life needs to be mapped out cautiously. It brings a lot of stress an anxiety to precious young boys, who should be carefree.
For the first time these activities are within our reach with the help of an Allergy Alert dog from Angel Service Dogs, Inc. (ASDi) named Gia. An Allergy Alert Dog will add another “defense” against peanuts/almonds that we, as parents, can’t provide. This dog is being trained to sniff out peanuts/peanut oil and almonds/almond oil on items such as a shopping carts, bowling balls, movie theater seats, playgrounds, play areas and common places others would take for granted as being “safe.”
Your donations for Gia will be used to train Gia, fly Carson and Benjamin's family to Colorado to meet Gia, and have an intensive 10-day training. Any funds received in excess will go to ASDi™ and will be used for training other dogs for families in need.
Your $5 donation is tax deductible. Donations in smaller or larger amounts are accepted.
Your donations can be made via check to:
Angel Service Dogs, Inc.
3815 Highview Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80908
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Questions, please contact: Cindy@vegetarianmamma.com
Let's do what we can to help get the word out for Cindy and her boys! :) Thanks!