Justin’s Service Dog Journey

Wishpic_Justin2016Justin is a nine year old boy that was born with a rare birth defect called craniosynostosis. In addition to pressure in the brain, this causes delays in development, abnormalities to the skull and face. Over the years he has had reconstructive surgery and continues to face medical issues. Because there is no cure and only basic treatments, Justin must take medication and work with a large number of specialists on an ongoing basis.

Each of his conditions creates obstacles in day to day life. He suffers from headaches, fatigue, stomach pain, seizures and leg pain. The leg pain makes it difficult to balance and walk. It takes significant time and effort for Justin to do everyday things that are second nature to many of us.

Justin’s passion is animals. He loves cuddling with them and they help him to relax. Justin’s Wish is to have a service dog. The service dog would be trained by 4 Paws for Ability, Inc. located in Xenia, Ohio. They will train a dog specifically to help Justin, whose seizures can be extreme. In his case, the service dog would alert parents of seizures, provide comfort, and also help Justin relax during procedures, assist him with balance, and other necessary support.

When you follow Justin’s Facebook page, you will see that it cost 4 Paws for Ability a minimum of $22,000 to place a service dog with him. The family’s goal is to raise $15,000 towards their mission and 4 Paws does the rest.  New Hope for Kids is providing a portion of funding to help Justin’s wish to come true. All donations are tax-deductible and will be used for Justin to receive his dream of his service dog.

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Please consider donating to help Justin’s dream become a reality.

Please mail your donation to:

4 Paws for Ability, Inc.
In Honor of Justin Jones
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Oh 45385

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