Helping Hands for Heather
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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!

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Encouragements (7) Encouragements (7)
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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