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Good News Fridays: A Service Dog for Everett

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On this edition of Good News Fridays, on a Sunday morning!  I am talking about a special campaign from a family up in the Huntsville area where they are raising money so they can get a service dog.  The Bradford family has a 5 year-old boy named Everett, he is like any other young boy, but Everett was born with spina bifida, a congenital condition where an opening in his spine never fully closed and caused nerve damage, today, he can’t walk on his own.

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Everett was also born with hydrocephalus and Arnold-Chiari brain malformation, and has some sensory-processing problems.  In fact, his first surgery was when he was only 12 hours old!  Since he was born, he has had 12 other surgeries and has spent a lot of time in the hospital.  Even though he has disabilities, meaning he can’t walk, has to use a  catheter, and has sensitive skin, Everett still plays T-ball, does art classes, participates in a dance program, and has physical and occupational therapy.  If you want to learn more about the story, go to:  http://www.al.com/living/index.ssf/2014/06/typical_active_fearless_4-year

The Bradford family is fundraising to help them meet the cost of a service dog for their sweet boy, Everett.   The family says he is the sweetest little boy and sharp as a tack!  A mobility service dog could help him with a variety of daily activities.  A little boy needs a good dog, and they really want their son to get the love of a dog with the added benefit of it being trained to help him along his journey.  The family thinks Everett absolutely deserves a service dog!  So the family is running a Go Fund Me campaign.  Insurance does not cover trained service dogs, which typically cost around $10,000.  And the family needs money support so Everett can get his service dog!

As of June 15th, the campaign has raised around $3,500 of their $10,000 goal!  If you want to learn more and donate, go to: http://www.gofundme.com/2Braces4Paws

Follow the family’s website at: http://2braces4paws.wordpress.com/  Follow them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/2Braces4Paws

The family thanks you for your consideration to donate to their sweet boy 🙂