4 Paws for Allison: Furry friend needed to predict rare seizures

We all worry about how our kids will do in school, whether they are safe in their cars or will they make the team.

Important things, but certainly ones to put in perspective when you miss kids like 4-year-old Allison Krupp of Plymouth.

Allison suffers from rare seizure disorders and her family is hoping a specially train dog might literally change her life.

Allison started suffering seizures when she was eight months old, her mom documenting the terrifying events on her video camera.

The Krupp family of Plymouth don't know much about what is causing the seizures, but they do not there's no much that can be done. Becky says "It's frontal lobe seizures and it's not operable and we've been through over 12 medications."

When Ally, as her family calls her, has seizures she tenses up, holds her breath, her arms shake and her legs stiffen. Becky says they scare her and terrify poor Ally.

While Ally, who loves playing video games on the computer, may look like other little girls her age, she needs constant supervision.

She rarely talks and needs braces to help her walk.

Becky says her daughters seizures are better controlled now that she takes medication but she still has seizures roughly nine times a month and the family never knows when they will hit.

They've even bought a hyperbaric oxygen chamber that Ally uses every day and they believe it is helping her cognitive function. Becky says Ally's teachers even notice, " Her teachers always say they can notice the difference in her speech and how she moves."
With little else to be done, the Krupp's are now trying to raise money for a non-profit organization called "4 Paw for Ability" which trains service dogs.

The Krupps have been told a dog can be trained to sense Ally's seizures before she has one. It costs 22-thousand dollars to train such a dog and the Krupps are responsible for raising 13-thousand dollars.
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They believe the dog will be invaluable in keeping Ally safe and give peace of mind to mom, dad and her two sisters. Becky says, "This dog is going to bark when she has a seizure and hopefully be able to tell us before one starts. It will talk with her so that she cannot run away. They will be kind of leashes together. You never know where they are, whether they're going to fall and smack their head or something."

Loud noises and big crowds also pose problems for Ally so the dog will also be trained to calm her.

And with a prognosis from the Cleveland Clinic, that is less that positive. Becky feels having a specially trained dog is even more important, "They sent us away and they said, 'unless I can say every time she has a seizure that it is this way, they said, don't come back. There's nothing we can do.' "It's very heart wrenching, it feels like it tears the hope right out of you."

And that's why the Krupps are pinning their hope on 4 Paws for Ability and a furry friend for Allison will keep her as safe as she can be.

If you want to help and you're a golfer, you can mark your calendar for July 29th.

They are holding a golf outing at Tri Way Golf Course in Plymouth.

For a 50 dollar donation you get 18 holes, food and a cart. .
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There will also be a ball drop and putting and chipping challenges, along with various raffles.

If you're not a golfer you can still help by making a donation to 4 Paws for Ability in Allison's name.

The sooner the Krupp's can raise the funds, the sooner Ally's dog can be trained.

The Krupp's have a donation site set up at:

http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/allisonkrupp/4pawsforallison

If you would prefer to send a check, you can send it in Allison's name to:

4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Allison Krupp
253 Dayton Avenue
Xenia, Ohio 45385


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