Ride to Give - Allergy Alert Dog for Carson & Ben
$6,663 Raised
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Ended Feb 23, 2014
Brothers Carson (age 6) and Benjamin (age 3) both live with life threatening food allergies. Please help us raise the balance due to secure Gia, an Angel Service Allergy Alert Dog, so these sweet boys can live life to the fullest! More ...

Carson (age 6) and Benjamin (age 3) both live with life threatening food allergies. Benjamin was diagnosed with an anaphylactic allergy to peanuts and almonds, as well as asthma in November 2011 at only 18 months old. Benjamin also has a dairy allergy as well as a severe gluten intolerance. Due to Benjamin's asthma, if he would go into anaphylatic shock his family would only have minutes to administer the medicine, which would NOT be a guarantee. Carson was diagnosed with a life-threatening allergy to almonds in November 2012 at age 5. Since then their daily lives require emergency medicines in tow at all times. The family is  never more than an arms length away from the life saving medicine. Going out to eat as a family has been severely restricted. Trips to stores include avoiding isles with peanuts, the bakery and other high risk areas.  Even simple childhood activities such as birthday parties and playing at the park can pose a deadly risk. As you can see each part of their daily life needs to be mapped out cautiously. It brings a lot of stress and anxiety to precious young boys, who should be carefree. 

For the first time these activities are within the boys reach with the help of an Allergy Alert dog from Angel Service Dogs, Inc. (ASDi) named Gia. An Allergy Alert Dog will add another “defense” against peanuts/almonds that can't be provided by humans. This dog is being trained to sniff out peanuts/peanut oil and almonds/almond oil on items such as a shopping carts, bowling balls, movie theater seats, playgrounds, play areas and common places others would take for granted as being “safe.”

Please help us secure GIA for Carson and Benjamin. Gia was carefully chosen specifcally for these boys and each day they are without her is a life threatening day! The family has already raised most of the $20,000 needed to secure her. When RTGA raises the remaining $6500 needed, their family of 5 will travel to Colorado in May and attend 10 days of training to learn how to use Gia and her abilities to the fullest! 

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