Helping Hands for Heather
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Raised $13,810
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I want to be active and stay on my feet for as long as I can… a service dog would help with that.
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The Story

Vista, CA

Heather Temple (43) is a compassionate and big-hearted individual that enjoys sending love into the world. In January, she got married to her loving husband, Greg. She has dedicated herself to teaching middle and high school students for almost two decades. Unfortunately, teaching has become more challenging as her mobility declines.

As a toddler, Heather was slow to walk and showed signs of muscle weakness. Since her sister had a similar condition, doctors were able to quickly identify and confirm that she had limb-girdle muscular dystrophy. Her disease causes progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass. “Doctors told my parents we would be in wheelchairs before the age of 18,” Heather said. Despite the diagnosis, her parents gave her every opportunity to live a normal life and encouraged her to stay mobile.

Heather has been able to remain independent for most of her life without needing assistance devices. She still has difficulty doing a lot of things others may not think twice about like going up stairs, squatting down to pick something up, or getting knocked over in crowds. As she gets older, her mobility has become more fragile. Last year, she fell ill with a virus that infected and weakened her muscles. Physical therapy helped her regain most of her mobility, but she has never been able to fully return the strength she once had.

In December 2017, Heather fell in her house and fractured her kneecap. Following another slow recovery, she reached out to Lily Grace Service Dogs for a mobility assistance service dog. Her service dog will be specially trained to help stabilize her when she stands, walks, and picks things up. More importantly, her canine companion will help her regain her independence and confidence.

Heather hopes to raise $15,700 through RedBasket.org to purchase and train her service dog. “I want to be active and stay on my feet for as long as I can,” she said. “My spirit craves it, but my body and mind just need a little help getting there. A service dog would help with that.” Lend a helping hand to Heather by making a tax-deductible donation and sharing her story today!

Updates (1) Updates (1)
Introducing Nash |

Dear GENEROUS Donors,


Thank you so very much for thinking of me and being kind enough to give. This whole experience has been incredibly humbling in so many ways--from admitting that I've reached the point where I need support to asking for money--but the process has also been filled with beauty and excitement and, most of all, love. 

On April 14, Greg, my mom and dad, and I traveled to Parumph, Nevada (Let's be honest--we used it as a good excuse to stop in Vegas) to meet the litter of puppies I knew Nash would be chosen from. The breeder we chose, 4E Kennels, puts all of her puppies through curriculum to make them potential therapy or service dogs. All puppies are temperament tested and video taped for future owners and trainers to watch.

I fell in love with one puppy in particular. On Tuesday, the trainer, Lily Grace Service Dogs, who is located in Sand Point, Idaho, called to give her opinion on which dogs would make the best service dog for me, based on the video tapes she watched. Her top choice was also my top choice! 

Nash will fly from Nevada to Idaho this Sunday and stay there with Lily for at least six months or longer. Most likely, I won't get him until December or January, but he will come trained for mobile assist (think a dog wearing a brace that I can hold onto for balance), retrieval, and bracing to help me up from low seats. 

 I'm including a couple of pictures of Nash on the day we met him.

My heart is full of gratitude. 

All my love,
Heather




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Encouragements (9) Encouragements (9)
From: Dave Denny |
I wish we could do more for you but hope this helps. Miss you and love you!!

Thank you, Dave! Miss you, too! Love you!
Heather Temple

From: Carrie Gaeir |
Best of luck to you Heather! :)

Thank you, Carrie!
Heather Temple

From: Carrie Gaeir |
Best of luck to you Heather!

From: Elizabeth dargan |
Love and Blessings Always !!!!!!!!!

From: Mary Ann |
Hope you get to your goal, Heather. Nash will be a light in your life as you are in the lives of others.

Thank you!!!! ❤️
Heather Temple

From: sara Powell |
Can't wait to see you with your new family member! Love ya!

From: sara Powell |
Wish I could do more

Oh my gosh. Thank you SO much for the donation! I so appreciate it. Love you, friend!
Heather Temple

From: sara Powell |
Wish I could do more

From: Julie Bravo |
Lots of love!

Thank you, love!!
Heather Temple

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