Tuesday, January 3, 2012

We Got It

We found out that we did indeed get the grant we applied for from the Chelsea Hutchison Foundation to help pay for Banyan's Service Dog training. We are so excited & incredibly grateful! The money in the amount up to $2500 will be paid to All American Dogs (Paws for Heroes) out of Camp Murray who is helping cover Banyan's training. They are a non-profit so this is a huge help to them in providing us as well as others with the training their service dogs need. Banyan will need at least 24 months of training but then some special training as he get's older. This grant allows us to know that the people who reached out & offered to help with no strings attached are going to get some financial help for their generosity.  It's a huge relief for us all. Banyan's vet bill alone for last month was $106 for just an ear infection that we paid out of pocket. We have to keep him as healthy as possible. So any time we are blessed with help we are so thankful, no words can express. Please take the time to watch the video below that Chelsea's family put together to help spread the word about Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy. Help spread the word or go pledge a donation. They are doing great things to help children who need a companion to help keep them safe. 

Year in Photos 2011 Chelsea Hutchison Foundation   Jeremy makes a short appearance towards the middle.

Here is a picture of Banyan drawn today by my 13 year old son for the foundation. They use the children's artwork to put on note cards they sell. The money raised goes into the money for all the grants. Jeremy signed his name & Banyan's. Then Banyan added his pawprint with the help of purple ink &  mom. The purple is the color that represents Epilepsy Awareness.

Pretty amazing for a 13 year old, an 11 year old , & a 8 month old pup!!


Skinnie Piggie said...

What great news... and that truly is an awesome drawing of Banyan. (By the way I love his name- the banyan trees here in Hawaii amaze me! The Hindu name for the tree actually means "wish-fulfilling divine tree" he may not be a tree, but that's pretty cool)

Amanda said...

Thanks for sharing that- I love the Hindu meaning. We just thought it was amazing that the dog they paired Jeremy with was named after a tree. Because Sturge-Weber's motto for their Angels is "The stronger the wind the tougher the trees". We believe God had Banyan waiting for our Jeremy we are so blessed.