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Lillian lives with Pervasive Developmental disorder, and her family and friends are striving to enhance her life with an Autism Service Dog.

Help us raise money to pay for Lillian's life changing Autism Service Dog!

UPDATE: We have raised over $5000 on our own and are halfway to paying the total fee for Lillian's companion and his transportation to Iowa. We were just notified that Lillian is next on the list to be assigned a dog. Once that has happened, the dog will go through a 4-5 month training program and be ready to join our family!

We did experience a bit of a blow that has slowed down our fundraising process, and made it even more important that we raise the total amount we were hoping for. In January of 2012, I was diagnosed with a medical condition that has made it impossible for me to work at my current job until after the birth of Lillian's younger brother or sister. We were planning to be able to make up the gap in our fundraising with our own savings but that is, sadly, no longer an option for us! We are praying for support to help us get Lillian this companion, which will truly change her life!

My seven year old Daughter was diagnosed in February 2011 with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD). For Lillian, PDD means that she has trouble speaking in ways that everyone can understand, she becomes very stressed in social situations, and she has "meltdowns" when things in her daily routine change. When she is frustrated, she also has a tendency to run and hide.

In April 2011, we were approved to receive an Autism Service Dog for Lillian. This dog is protected under the same laws as a seeing eye dog and will be able to go everywhere with Lillian. It will provide a constant throughout her day to help her with transitions and stress. It will also be trained in tracking in the even she does run when she is frustrated.

The cost of the dog is $8900, and in addition we need to raise funds to fly our new family member and their trainers to our home state for the week they will spend training us! We also need to obtain a vehicle so that we can transport Lillian's companion everywhere with us! We are hoping to be able to enlist the help of a local dealership with matching donations. Any funds above and beyond our goal (approximately $15,000) will be maintained in a separate account in order to cover regular vet visits and other maintenance costs!

Please help us change Lillian's life for the better and bring home her new companion.
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