Fundraising for a service dog

Kelsey Gerhardt Staff Writer

October 30, 2013

Jordan Martin is hoping to get a new pet soon. This pet will be more than just a furry friend but a companion that will protect her and keep her safe.

Martin, 13, of Barbourville, was diagnosed with Lennox Gastaut Syndrome which causes her to have multiple seizures per day that range from mild to severe. Her seizures can cause her to fall resulting in bruises, cuts or even broken bones.

4 Paws for Ability is an organization based in Xenia, Ohio that trains service dogs to sense seizures before they occur. These seizure alert dogs can cost up to $25,000 for the training and adaptation to the handicapped user’s lifestyle.

Parents Shane and Ann Martin contacted 4 Paws for Ability and were relieved when the organization told them to raise half of the expenses and the other half would be matched. Through generous community donations they have been able to raise one-third of what they need but are still shy of their $13 thousand goal.

“A little is much when God is in it. We’re just asking the community for any help they can give,” said Martin.

The family is planning several events including spaghetti dinners, fundraisers and a concert this weekend to continue raising the money necessary for Jordan’s service dog. Saturday at 7 p.m. will be a benefit sing at Old Poplar Creek Baptist Church in Barbourville.

If you are interested in donating to help Jordan get her service dog, checks can be mailed to Shane Martin, P.O. Box 422, Bimble, KY 40915 or directly to 4 Paws for Ability, 253 Dayton Ave., Xenia, OH 45385 or via PayPal at www.4pawsforability.org. If you are mailing a donation write Haley Jordan Martin in the memo line of the check.

Reach Kelsey Gerhardt at 606-248-1010 ext. 204, kgerhardt@civitasmedia.com.