Adam is raising money for 4 Paws for Ability. Helping provide service dogs for children (like himself) with special abilities!
From the outside Adam looks like any other five year old boy. He's cute; he loves superheroes and playing in the park. He's bright, energetic and loves Kindergarten and playing baseball. His big, beautiful smile brings joy to everyone he meets...
Only, he isn't like every other five year old- Adam, who was adopted from foster care, was born with a virus (Congenital CMV) that left him with several different disabilities including: brain damage, cerebral palsy, hearing loss, vision loss, developmental delays, behavior issues, sensory processing disorder, and lack of impulse control (this only names a few of his disabilities) He has meltdowns and Adam also likes to run away when he gets overwhelmed, which could prove potentially dangerous and even deadly!!
Now imagine Adam, being able to go to the local grocery store without a meltdown because he has his professionally trained service dog with him who helps keep him calm. Imagine him having a few 'feet' of independence, being tethered to his dog walking through the mall and not riding in a stroller or wheel chair just so he didn't escape and run off if he gets overwhelmed. Imagine his mom having a sense of security knowing that if he should run away his service dog can track him and find him quickly, quite possibly saving his life!!!!!
It costs 4 Paws for Ability an estimated $22,000.00 to train each dog they provide for children like Adam. Yes, you read that right, $22,000.00. It may seem like a steep price but when you KNOW that these dogs are trained to help a young adult with Epilepsy go out safely into the community or that they help a Veteran work through their mobility issues... when you KNOW how they give a family peace knowing their child has a loving, gentle companion and they may be the only 'living being' a child with autism will relate to... When you KNOW a specially trained tracking dog could save a life, maybe even ADAM's one day- that training is priceless!!
Adam has a goal of $13,000.00 to raise to help 4 Paws train a dog for a child like him...
Please consider donating to help raise funds for 4 Paws for Ability- this is a tax deductible donation and will help defray the cost of training for specialized dog that will bless a family like OURS!!
Visit www.4pawsforability.org for more information.
( Please be sure to make note on your donation it's in honor of Adam Lucas!)
BTW, University of Kentucky employees, students, and Wildcat Fans... did YOU know that the Wildcats foster and support 4 Paws for Ability?? http://www.uky.edu/UKHome/see/service.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yR5sJMDBUaY) And the recent Charity Basketball Game on September 9, 2013 raised $50,000 for 4 Paws for Ability!!!!