Kaelie’s Service Companion
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“My hope is that my service dog will make me more approachable to people.”
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The Story

Pella, IA

Kaelie De Heer (15) is a kindhearted teenager who enjoys spending time with her friends, playing with her dog, performing in choir, and playing sports. She participates in the Special Olympics through bowling and track and field and has consistently medaled in track and field the past several years. While Kaelie enjoys staying active, her diagnosis of cerebral palsy has presented her with obstacles.

When Kaelie was born, she was ten weeks premature with no explanation as to why. After multiple tests run on both her mother, Tina, and Kaelie, doctors still couldn’t give an answer to the family. At around six weeks old, a head ultrasound revealed that Kaelie had a condition known as periventricular luekomalacia (PVL). PVL is a condition where an individual develops spots on their brain. Doctors informed the family that this condition could affect Kaelie in the future, but it might not; there was no telling for sure.

As an infant, Tina started to notice that Kaelie was missing some mobility milestones. After noticing Kaelie’s feet twitching at 18 months old, Tina decided to schedule an appointment with a pediatrician. The pediatrician then referred Kaelie to a neurologist who diagnosed her with cerebral palsy.

Throughout her battle with cerebral palsy, Kaelie has been blessed with a tremendous support system. Not only have her family and friends offered support, but they have also helped with various household projects to make things easier for Kaelie at home. “We are blessed beyond measure with when it comes to the positive, helpful people in our lives,” said Tina.

Being diagnosed with cerebral palsy has been hard for Kaelie. The condition has made it hard for her to do everyday tasks causing her to have to plan out activities far in advance. After doing some research, Kealie and her family learned about an organization called Domesti-PUPS. A service dog would change Kaelie’s life, allowing her to be more independent and safe. “Since I sit in a wheelchair, I’m lower and can’t see around some cars and other things when crossing streets or strolling through a mall or an event,” said Kaelie.

Kaelie and her family hope to raise $14,000 through RedBasket.org to offset the cost of a service dog through Domesti-PUPS. Raising these funds would not only allow Kaelie to have more independence, but the service animal would be a constant companion. “My hope is that my service dog will make me more approachable to people,” said Kealie. A service animal would allow Kaelie to be more confident in her ability to do tasks on her own. By making a tax-deductible donation, you can help Kaelie get back her independence and feel like a normal teenager. Donate and share her story today!

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From: Dana Sadler |
Kaelie, I am SO excited for you to have a service dog! I know how much it would mean to you, and I hope you get the funding and your new friend soon! Love you! ~ Mrs. Sadler :-)

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