Our Campaign to raise money to help grant a wish for a member of the military has come to an end, and I’m pleased to say, that we saw a nice increase of ‘likes’ on our Safford RV Facebook page. We started with 36 ‘likes’ on July 12th and ended with 90 on August 1st. Thank you so much, Safford RV friends and fans, for your support for this wonderful cause.
As promised, I’d like to share with you, the wish that we will be helping grant, to MSgt Jason Cooper. Here is his story:
WANTED: Man’s Best Friend to Assist 2-Year Old Suffering from Cerebral Atrophy
MSgt Jason Cooper (Camp Pendleton) has served our country as a Marine for the past 18 years, and now needs our help.
MSgt Cooper’s 2-year old daughter, Madelyn, has a myriad of health issues. At 6-months old, she was diagnosed with Cerebral Atrophy, and doctors informed her parents that Madelyn’s body was growing, but her brain was not. This has affected her central nervous system, which consequently, has led to seizures which can last up to 90 minutes. Madelyn is a spastic quadriplegic with Cerebral Palsy-like symptoms and little cognitive capability. Madelyn’s seizures require daily medications to control spastic movements and constant screaming. Madelyn suffers from severe hypertonia (loss of muscle control) and Opisthotonia, which is an involuntary flexion or extension of the arms and legs that results from brain injury.
MSgt Cooper points out that “due to the medication’s risk of slowed respiration and central nervous system apnea events, Madelyn is being monitored by a heart rate monitor and an oxygen saturation machine. During these moments of high tone or possible seizure, she can reflux and aspirate creating a pneumonia risk if not tended to right away, so this creates a requirement for constant supervision by an in-home nurse.”
Making this situation even more difficult is the fact that this is not the first time the Cooper family has battled this condition. Sadly, on August 9, 2011, they lost their 3-year old daughter, Sophia, to the same condition that caused massive global brain damage. Madelyn was not quite 2 years old when Sophia passed away. Due to the family’s difficult struggles with Sophia, they have learned how to help Madelyn achieve a longer and healthier life. While this seems like such a simple thing, they have learned how service dogs can be extremely beneficial in alerting family and caregivers to any issues (such as seizures) before, or as they are happening. Having their yellow lab, Radar, certified as a Seizure Detection Service Dog will help hopefully prolong Madelyn’s precious life and give the family peace of mind that there is yet one more caregiver for their daughter. Radar has already been evaluated as a perfect candidate for this certification.
After what this family has been through, no cost seems too much to provide for Madelyn, but reality is that this training is not free or government funded. Radar’s certification as a Seizure Detection Service Dog will cost $4,095, and this family gives every last dollar they earn toward’s Madelyn’s care. Please help assist the Cooper family by donating to this worthy cause. Once our goal is reached, we will continuously post photos of Radar’s training and Madelyn’s progress.
At the end of our campaign, by matching $1 for each ‘like’ we received on our Safford RV Facebook page, we’ve raised $54. While we are SO grateful for each and every one of your ‘likes’, we realize that $54 will hardly put a dent in the wish – or as we see it – the dire need, that MSgt Cooper and his family have shared with us. Therefore, Safford RV will be contributing $500 to the Cooper family. While this helps a little more than $54, we’d like to reach out to you, again, to ask for you to consider doing a little bit more than just ‘liking’ us on our Facebook page.
Here’s the link: Radar’s Training. We know what this will mean to the Cooper family; hopefully it can mean just as much to you.
Again, thanks for helping us with this very special campaign.
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