Little Angel for Jack
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The dog would offer Jack peace and that is worth more than gold. Peace for him leads to peace for us.
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The Story

Buckeye, AZ

The Browns are a hard-working family, who know the value of a good work ethic. Zach and Amy Brown are both teachers, and their six-year-old son Jack already has his first job of walking their neighbor’s dog. Jack and his twin were a welcome addition to the family after they had struggled with infertility for years. “Jack and his twin were our miracles,” said Amy. “Now, Jack is our one and only and he truly is a miracle in every sense of the word. No child was ever more wanted.” Jack’s interests are as varied and wonderful as he is. He loves throwing pottery on the wheel, tennis, hiking, camping, reading comics and Greek mythology, animals, and so much more.

Even with all of Jack’s curiousity and interests, he has struggled with various anxieties throughout his life. “We always knew he had worries and concerns that rerouted our lives regularly, but we didn’t understand that he was more than just anxious, and that he had actual disorders,” said Amy.

Jack was diagnosed with a severe case of selective mutism, as well as sensory processing disorder, and separation and generalized anxiety disorder. These diagnoses helped explain Jack’s thought process and his behavior in unfamiliar or noisy situations. In addition, Jack started displaying signs of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) right before he was set to start kindergarten. Jack was excited to start school, but the stress of being away from his parents in a new environment caused his separation anxiety disorder and selective mutism to worsen, which triggered his OCD. He began obsessing about germs and checking for them so often (up to 20 times in a single minute) that his life and his parents’ lives were completely disrupted. Amy decided to research the condition and contact therapists, who confirmed her suspicions of OCD and recommended extensive therapy for Jack. “The therapy needed to treat the OCD would be incredibly specific and even then would only teach him tools to deal with what would wax and wane throughout his entire life, as there is no cure,” said Amy.

After further research, Amy and Zach found a better option for Jack in the Little Angels Service Dogs organization. A dog would be trained to provide barrier control, which, if nothing else, would give Jack a peace of mind he’s never yet experienced in his short life. “The freedom that a service dog would offer Jack would be inestimable. The peace of mind alone that the dog would offer Jack and ourselves would change our lives immensely,” said Amy. “Peace for Jack is peace for us.” They will be able to spend more time as a family and go to places and events that they have not been able to attend in the past.

The highly specialized training of service dogs like this can be expensive, and the Browns already face a financial burden covering the costs of therapy not paid by insurance, as well as travel to and from appointments. Unfortunately, Amy is unable to work outside of the home, so the family has turned to Red Basket to raise $20,000 to purchase Jack’s service dog from Little Angels and make their dream of peace a reality. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation and share his story today!

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