Aurora 6 year old dreams of a service dog

Wendy Crane Published:

Here’s To A New Year Filled With Hope ….

For some folks, the New Year is a time for resolutions.  But for each of us there is a sense of new beginnings and hopes of what might be accomplished with the New Year.  For one local family, with your help, fulfilling their hope for the New Year is just months away.  Shane's family is hoping that a Service Dog will help Shane develop more confidence and learn about his surroundings, and bridge the gap between his special spirit and everyone he meets. 

Shane is an amazing little six-year-old born with CHARGE Syndrome, a genetic anomaly affecting approximately one in 12,000 births. In Shane's case, he was born with a major heart defect requiring multiple medical procedures including two open-heart operations and the installation of a pacemaker. Shane is extremely nearsighted and has colobama which greatly limits his field of vision. He is also profoundly deaf in one ear and moderately deaf in the other. Shane was born with only one functioning kidney. He also has very low muscle tone, which contributes to mobility challenges.

Despite these challenges, Shane continues to be a courageous and curious little boy who loves to explore the world around him cautiously.  While Shane has taken a few steps on his own, he is extremely reluctant to do so. His hearing and vision issues make it difficult for him to navigate without support and a reassuring hand.  Soon, we hope, that support will be there by Shane’s side, with a Service Dog of his own.  

A local organization, Working Animals Giving Service for Kids, is dedicated to training and placing Service Dogs to children with disabilities here in Northeast, Ohio.  With the work of W.A.G.S. 4 Kids and Shane’s family, the fund raising necessary to make this special hope a reality is scheduled for Monday, January 20th at nine participating Bob Evans’ locations.

W.A.G.S. Executive Director, Wendy Crann says, “ Everybody’s gotta eat and everybody can help.  We’ve found great new friends and supporters in the folks at Bob Evans.  They care about these special kids and the families we serve here.”

Bob Evans District Manager, Kimberly Nessel, initiated the multi-location event enlisting Twinsburg Manager, Melissa Quillin-Grignon to spearhead all the details.  “We call the event, Dine to Make a Difference. Please bring the family for a meal, the office gang for lunch or stop in for a cup of coffee and a piece of pie.  It all helps Shane have his dream come true.”

It’s simple to be a part of this great local effort:

* Print this flyer and on Monday, January 20th take it to one of the locations listed. 

* Turn in the flyer after enjoying a great meal and you are helping Shane reach his goal of family fund raising for a service dog

* Boost our chances for a great turn out for Shane by passing on this info to your FaceBook friends and email list

* Go one step further and print a stack of flyers for your office lobby and lunch room.

Everybody's gotta eat !  Everybody can help !

Nine locations to choose from on Monday, January 20th!

To find more info about Shane and his dream of having a service dog go to www.wags4kids.org

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