Happy New Year to all of our supports....I wanted to give you a brief update as to what has been happening over the last several months...first of all, i want to apologize for not updating sooner, I myself as Devon's mother had some major brain surgery in May and have been in and out of the hospital ever since, Thank you to the great healer above, I am on the mend and doing very well....as for Devon and Rain, they are wonderful...Devon is seeing a new pediatric Neurologist who is amazing...he now has him from 11 pills a day for his Epilepsy to 2 pills a day and he has only had 2 seizures in the last 2 months and Rain is doing her job....Devon calls her his guardian angel....she will not let him out of her sight...the bond between the two is amazing as you can tell in the pictures i have just posted...her training is not complete so we are continuing the fundraising to help with the costs of training....we are looking at having to take her to Florida or California to a specialized trainer and the costs are looking close to anywhere from $7,000 - $10,000 if not more....talk about falling out of your chair but the Lord has blessed us with this wonderful miracle that has saved my son twice now since we have gotten her and he has blessed us with all of you who have made it possible so we will continue on our journey with Rain so that when Devon is on his own one day, she will be fully trained to be able to assist him when his father and myself are not available....Devon and Rain have been asked by the TN Epilepsy Foundation to go to Washington DC April 20-24 to represent the state of TN to do the National Walk for Epilepsy on April 20 and to go to the Capital and talk to the representatives about his Epilepsy and how it has affected him, his life, and his everyday struggles....I will also get to talk to the representatives regarding how its affected the family and friends....this is such a great honor to represent ALL Epilepsy patients not just TN.....Devon is psyched about going and yes, Rain will be going as well.....I want to say "Thank you" to all of you for making it possible for us to be able to get Rain she truly is a blessing...you all have opened your hearts and your wallets to make this possible and no matter the size of the donation, we cant express how much we appreciate it...DONATIONS:
Donations are still being excepted for Rains extensive training that she is fixing to go through....the account at the bank has been closed due to inactivity but the paypal account is still open for his funding...if you have any questions, please do not hesitate in contacting me at email@example.com
Now that i am back on the mend and working toward getting my health back in order, i will be updating more often...please keep your eyes pealed for new postings and new pictures...
God Bless each and everyone of you, we love you all!
</u>thought i would let everyone know how things are going...Devon and Rain are doing awesome together....they are suppose to start training together on May 29th in Lenoir City, TN which is almost a 3 hour drive one way for us but it will be worth it in the long run...Rain will not leave Devon's side...Devon was showing symptoms of having an early seizure last Saturday and Rain refused to leave his side for anything, not even food, water or to go outside....what a great dog...i have added a couple of pictures that were taken by Desra Ramey Photography...the bond between the two of them continues to grow and that is a bond that will live forever....we still cant thank everyone enough that made donations, prayers or just kept us in your thoughts and followed our link...God works in wonderous ways...this has been an amazing experience..we have made some wonderful lifetime friends along the way and see how our community comes together....i will continue to post pictures and updates as the training starts...this is another chapter in the book...
</u>Devon and Rain are doing well...they continue to bond daily...she is such a comfort to Devon since my mother passed away last month...my mom was Devon's best friend and he was hers...Rain is very loving and it makes me happy to see Devon with such confidence and independence....we still have a long way to go with training...Devon seen a new Neurology specialist on Monday and they are going to put him in the hospital next month and run some tests on him regarding his seizures....if all is well, Devon and Rain and myself will be going to Milwaukee, WI as a guest to The Becky Werner Meninitis Foundation fund raising benefit in June...he is really looking forward to this trip...it will do him good to meet other kids that have had meningits like he had...I am looking forward to meeting the founders of the organization....it will be a tiring trip but also a good one....
Stay tuned for more posts and pictures to come...
</u>UPDATE ON DEVON......Devon and Rain are doing well...the bond they have gained is amazing....Rain will not let him out of her site and when he does get out of her site she whines...we are still raising money to pay for the trainer....I have surgery May 25th and training starts right after that...thank you so much to everyone that has given....donations can still be made here or with Good Samaritans in Johnson City...
</u>Just got home late last night from a full weekend of training with Devon and Rain...the bond they have already established is amazing....they have alot of work to still do...we are going to let the bonding continue for approximately 6 weeks before more training to take place...i have added a anew picture of devon and rain the first night that they spent together....i will keep the updates going...please let me know if you have any questions....
</u>i'm sorry i havent written in a while, my mother has been very ill and on March 9th she went to her final home....Devon has had a horrible time with this due to she was his best friend....we did not get to go and pick up Rain as of yet, my mom was admitted to the hospital that weekend...however, we are going to leave this Friday March 16th and he has training with her on the 17th and 18th....wish us luck....i think she can be very theraputic in the healing process for him as well...once again, they have increased his medications for the break through seizures....all these medications really worry me and what they may do long term to him....we know the Depakote can damage his liver and that is why he has to have a liver function test done often....we want to thank everyone for all the donations, prayers and thoughts...we have met our goal to purchase Rain but we are still in the process of raising funds to pay the trainer....at this point, the trainer is $250 per day and travel expenses including hotel and meals.....this is adding up very fast....we dont now who the annonymous donors are but we are very appreciative...please continue to pray for Devon through his healing process of losing my mother...I will try to update more often....God Bless!
</u>today we took Devon to get the supplies he is going to need to get started with Rain...her dog food has to be ordered (Solid Gold Chicken) so we got it on order....a friend of mine gave us a large kennel for her so we have worked all evening cleaning it and getting it ready for when Rain comes home...Devon and Rain have alot of training to go through once they are home...please keep them in your prayers....God Bless each and everyone and thank you for the continued support
</u>had an amazing day...went to Good Samaritan for a meeting with Sarah and David that are handling all of Devon's fund raising and while I was there, a gentleman making a donation came in...I got to meet him and thank him in person...come to find out, his daughter and Devon have alot in common...It was a true blessing to meet him and see a picture of his beautiful daughter....I also found out alot of information that i was not aware about that could be a great big help to us...Thank you Mr. Sharrow...you have an amazing daughter who i would call an honor to meet and your inspiration was exactly what i needed today...
Devon went back to the doctor today, they have increased his medications and are sending in the referral for him to be seen by the pediatric neuro speciliast ASAP...
I was informed today by Sarah that a radio station from Pulaski, VA will be doing a benefit on March 3rd at Blountville Middle School...we will be out of town picking up Rain but will call in that evening...Thank you all so much for everything you have done and continue to do...God Bless each and everyone!
</u>for those of you who have donated and think its not much, every little penny is alot to us and we greatly appreciate it and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts...we have met our goal but any additional funds that we recieve will be spent on the additional training that Devon and Rain have to go through over the next year or so and for anything that may be needed for Rain....all funds are going for Rain and Devon....we are scheduled to go to Linden, TN to get Rain and start training on March 2nd...I will post pictures and updates....Once again, thank you all so very much...God Bless you all...<img alt="" src="http://www.youcaring.com/admin/includes/fckeditor/editor/images/smiley/msn/heart.gif">
</u>we met our goal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
thank you so much to everyone who donated whether it be time, prayers or monitary donations...we raised $520.00 on this site, $1000 was given to a family member from someone she works with and the rest was raised through Good Samaritan Ministries for a total of $2500....we are blessed and God is good!
</u>as of 12:09pm, with what Good Samaritan Ministries has raised and what we have raised on this site, we have a total of $2151.90...we are $348.10 away from sending a check to the organization for devons seizure dog. I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart and for all the prayers....if you have donated, please email me your address so that we can give it to Good Samaritan Ministries and all donations will be tax deductable....
</u>we have been so blessed....today my sister-in-law received $1000 from her boss for Devon's seizure dog...we are up to a total of $1300 now...so many have jumped in to help...the help has been amazing....i will keep everyone updated as the runds are raised...Thank you all so much from the bottom of our hearts..