Maggie’s Little Angel
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“While Maggie has worked very hard to get through each day, she still suffers the effects of her disorders.”
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The Story

Humble, TX

Maggie Simonian (16) is a funny girl who has always had a love for animals. She stays busy by playing on her high school lacrosse team and participating in Future Farmers of America. Maggie is just like any 16-year-old, except she has been unable to live a life she loves due to her battle with anxiety and depression.

Throughout her entire life, Maggie has struggled with an anxiety disorder, depression, social anxiety, and panic attacks. “While Maggie has worked very hard to get through each day, she still suffers the effects of her disorders,” said Maggie’s parents, Matthew and Valerie. Due to the severity of her condition, she has difficulty completing daily tasks in school and regulating her emotions in social situations. To Maggie, the world can seem to be a threatening and unstable place. However, their spirits were lifted when they discovered an organization called Little Angels Service Dogs.

Little Angels Service Dogs is an organization in San Diego, California that trains service dogs to perform a variety of duties. In Maggie’s case, the dog will be trained to perform medical alerts and therapies to treat anxiety and depression. When Maggie starts to get overwhelmed in a crowd, the dog will lie down making her feel safe and will allow her room to breathe. If she starts to feel anxious in class, the dog will give her an excuse to leave and go to a safe place to regulate her emotions. Maggie’s service dog will also be trained to sense her anxiety level and help her by doing deep pressure therapy by sitting on her lap, almost like a firm hug. This action is a proven therapy method to help calm Maggie and make her feel safe. Most importantly, her dog will provide her with unconditional love when she feels alone and needs a friend.

Maggie hopes to raise $20,000 through RedBasket.org to purchase a service dog through Little Angels Service Dogs. This service animal would help Maggie adapt to everyday life, provide protection, and help her develop confidence in social settings. With the help of a service dog, Maggie and her family are hopeful that she will be able to attend college after she graduates from high school. “While she is incredibly smart and hardworking, her disorders hold her back from reaching her full potential. With the help of her service dog, the sky is the limit for her,” said Matthew and Valerie. By making a tax-deductible donation, you can help Maggie on her way to living a life she loves, with a service companion right by her side through it all. Donate and share her story today!

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