A service dog for NicholasWe were introduced to Nicholas thanks to a Cherish the Children Foundation Volunteer.
Nicholas is a vibrant 5 year old boy with Angelman Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects the nervous system and is characterized by learning disability and developmental delays as well as a variety of types of seizures and problems with movement, balance, falls and being disoriented. He needs constant attention. At night, Nicholas has difficulty sleeping and wakes the household up at all hours of the night so that he is not alone. His bedroom is set up as a safe room with padding on the walls, no furniture with the exception of a bed, and shelves which are bolted to the wall and filled with only stuffed animals and soft toys. His parents have 2 monitors to watch and hear him in his bedroom.
The family is confident that a trained service dog would provide Nicholas with safety and protection. If he has a seizure, or is in harm's way, the dog can alert the family. Service dogs are trained to assist their companion during seizures as well as daily activities. A trained dog can help keep Nicholas away from stairs, counters, or something that is dangerous to him. Nicholas will gain independence, growth, health and hope with this gift in his life.
For the past two years, the family has been working hard to raise the funds necessary to obtain a service dog for Nicholas. However, despite the efforts of the family and friends, only half of the cost has been covered. Cherish the Children Foundation has granted to the family the remaining funds necessary to obtain a service dog for Nicholas, as well as travel expenses associated with the training session for the family. The family is now on a waiting list, awaiting a perfect match of a companion dog. Once this match has been made, the family will travel to Ohio to train with Nicholas' dog.
Sadly, Maven lost her battle and peacefully passed away.Diagnosed with DIPG (a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer) Maven had her first surgery and infusion in 2017.
Sadly, Maven lost her battle and peacefully passed away. Her family remains grateful for your encouragement and support in their time of need.
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Michael Battles Brain TumorCherish the Children Foundation has assisted a lovely young single mom meet some critical living expenses while advocating for her 2 year old son Michael who is battling a pediatric brain tumor.
Hanna Headed to Camp 2017It is with tears in my eyes that I am write to you. My family is grateful that Cherish The Children Foundation is able to help our exceptional daughter, Hannah by making it possible for out feisty three-year old to attend a three-week camp for children with hemiplegia. Hannah spent 138 days in the NNICU after being born premature--weighing just under a pound and a half--with a brain injury that affected her left arm and leg. Last summer, Hannah participated in the program as a part-time student. Her teachers and therapists were astonished by the great gains she made in the use of her left hand. We can't wait to see how this year's therapy helps Hannah as she continues to grow and thrive. -Thank you.
Off to UCONNLaShawn & Thiri thanking CTCF for the support that enabled them to receive a private high school education through the Matthew 25 program. They will be attending UCONN.
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