Jakob gets his life-saving dog
A three-year-old boy with a rare disorder that causes potentially fatal seizures will get a life-saving rescue dog, thanks to a generous donor who submitted more than $18,000 for the cause.
Jakob Chambers suffers from Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC), which causes tumours to grow throughout his entire body.
"He has too many tumours to count," says his mom Sheri Chambers.
They cause several seizures a day for Jakob, causing his eyes to roll and his head to drop.
He also sometimes suffers more serious neural events, known as status seizures, which throw him into prolonged convulsions and are potentially lethal.
When they occur, he needs to be turned on his side and has to get medical assistance immediately.
That's where a seizure dog from 4 Paws for Ability comes in.
The Xenia, Ohio company trains dogs to detect seizures, push victims on their side and run for help. The cost is at least $14,000.
Last week, a philanthropic family anonymously donated $18,000 to the family website, meaning Jakob's dog starts training now.
Sheri says when she and Jakob learned about the generous gift, the party started.
"We had way too many chocolate chip cookies in celebration," Sheri says. "And he did a nice little painting for them (the donors)… he's excited of course."
The family's church is also holding a fundraiser so they will be able to travel to Ohio to get the dog.
On Sunday, June 22 at 7 p.m., WestWinds Community WestWinds Community Church is holding the event at 6331 176 St. It will include silent auction, door prizes, circus performers, food and more.
For tickets or more information please contact WestWinds Community Church at 604-576-9407.