Community raises money for service dog for Ashland girl
ASHLAND - Tammy Hogan is campaigning for a multipurpose service dog for her 4-year-old daughter, Kaitlyn Hedrick. Kaitlyn has a rare genetic mutation that causes her to have both epilepsy and a form of autism.
A trained service dog, Hogan says, would detect Kaitlyn's epileptic seizures, help calm down her behavior and assist her out in public. Eventually Hogan would be able to train the dog to do search and rescues if Kaitlyn ever ran away.
"We don't get to do the things typical children get to do very easily," Hogan said. "Having the service dog will help her to be able to do things that kids get to do."
Hogan so far has teamed up with 4 Paws for Ability, an organization that helps pair service dogs with children who need them, and Missouri Pay-It-Forward. Hogan has also involved the Lions Club. Since starting her campaign in September, Hogan has raised over $700. The total cost of the service dog will be around $22,000.
Sylvia Bales Sprinkle with Missouri Pay-It-Forward says it's heartbreaking that someone so young was in need, and that drew her to help Kaitlyn.
"I'm just grateful that they're getting the help that they're going to need," Sprinkle said.
The Lions Club in Hartsburg will hold a fish fry fundraiser January 16 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. for Kaitlyn.