Louisville family on mission to get young son service dog
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---7-year-old Dalton O'Bannon is full of energy and smiles, who hasn't had the easiest road in life.
Dalton was born premature, and had complications early on.
"We didn't think he was gonna make it. We were told he probably wasn't going to make it. He was in respiratory failure, and then we noticed as he got older that he was just not hitting milestones the way most kids do," says his mother, Amy O'Bannon.
He proved to be a fighter. However, he continues to fight some roadblocks even now.
"He has autism, cerebral palsy, and epilepsy are his primary issues," says Amy O'Bannon.
He also battles vision impairment.
"He's been deemed legally blind. He does wear glasses, but we are not really sure how much he can see, or how he can see, or even what he sees," says Amy O'Bannon.
That's where his family and friends are stepping in, and fundraising for to get him a service dog from the non-profit organization called "4 Paws For Ability".
"Families are responsible for raising $13,000 of the $22,000 is costs to train these amazing dogs," says O'Bannon.
So far, his mother, Amy O'Bannon, says they've raised $3,000.
They still have a ways to go, and say, with upcoming fundraisers and by getting people involved with the 'Dalton's Dance' Facebook page, they're hoping this will soon become a reality.
She says the service dog would be trained to watch out for him and when they aren't around, this could be another life-saver for this 7-year-old.
"His seizures are more prone to happen at night, and we're worried that he'll have a seizure in the middle of the night and we won't hear him or know about it and that he won't make it through it, or he'll have some significant damage," says Amy O'Bannon.
Dalton's family will hold a silent auction and pasta dinner on December 13th at the Fern Creek Community Center from 5-9 p.m.
If they were to raise the money by the end of the year, Dalton could get his service dog by late next year.
For more information on how to help, email Amy O'Bannon at firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more about ‘4 Paws For Ability', click here.
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