Help Lexi Get His Autism Service Dog

For: Alexander (Lexi) Madsen
Organizer: Beth Madsen
$13,502
of $13,500 goal
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The Story

(Alexander) Lexi is a highly intelligent young man on the autistic spectrum with additional diagnosis such as bipolar disorder I. For his tenth birthday, he decided that instead of having a birthday party he would try to make the world a better place and raised $1501.00 to help fight global warming. He cares deeply for his community and aspires to one day be a film director.  His autism and bipolar diagnosis isolate Lexi and he feels like the freak with severe social anxieties and intense challenges in focusing, battling depression and panic attacks. A service dog will help strengthen Lexi as he learns to be apart of the world as a young adult, hopefully helping him through a college film program and on to independence.  Without a service dog, the future for Lexi and his ability to stabilize and have any independence is bleak.  Such a gifted young man with amazing goals and aspirations...please help him get match with his partner towards his future, his hopes and a friend to walk beside him guiding him on his journey.

My son Lexi has been accepted by a local organization to be matched and train with an Autism Service Dog. He is 15 and has multiple diagnosis with a primary diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder as well as various other additional diagnosis. A blog of my parenting journey can be found at:  http://helpinglexi.blogspot.com if interested in more details regarding Lexi's condition and a more personal view of his challenges.. 

An Autism Service Dog takes hundreds of hours of training, volunteers, specialized care and more and the average cost of raising and training one of these dogs is between $15k and $30k.  We need to raise $12,500.00 total for Lexi's Service Dog, although lower then average is still a stagering amount.  Please help partner with us to build this alliance between Lexi and his service dog. Not only is this a life changing partnership but possibly life saving.


 Thank you for sharing in our hope!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on June 4, 2014 by Beth Madsen
Well...we heard from Pawsitive Service Dog Solutions yesterday and Mickey is not quite ready to go into advanced training yet…he needs a few more weeks of maturing. We are hoping that he will be ripe for advanced training before July in order to get his advanced training done quickly and be in Lexis care by the time school starts. Any prayer and good vibes not his would be appreciated. Lexi is really counting on starting school 8/13 with Mickey by his side. I know it will all work out for the best however it happens but there would be a lot less to mop up if Mickey were ready by August. Thank you All!  

Posted on April 30, 2014 by Beth Madsen
After speaking with Pawsitive Service Dog Solutions I have added the $1000 handling fee for teh trainer to come and train with Lexi this summer when we are matched with Mickey.  I have been waiting for that amount detail and was hoping it would be a smaller amount since we are somewhat local but it seems to be the standard base fee, which I understand, for the trainer to come over every day and train us, gas, food, etc.  We now know that our timeline to et Mickey based on the line up of dogs moving in to advanced training is either mid-July or early August which works out great iwth our schedule.  We are looking forward to Lexi and Mickey being together so much.  We are very very close to finishing our fundraising and then simply impatiently waiting for Mickey's arrival.  Thank you all for your help and support along the way.  We have our golf tournament this Sunday at Black Oak Golf Course in Auburn, CA and then we are excited to be at the Colfax Car Show on Sat May 10th from 10-3 where all proceeds will go to Lexis Service Dog and we will have a nacho booth and raffle drawings.  Pawsitive will be at both events to answer questions and support our fundraising if you want to come on down and see a service dog in action!  

Posted on April 19, 2014 by Beth Madsen
Happy Easter and Passover to everyone! May your weekend be blessed and peaceful!  We are so grateful for each of you and all of your support and the light that you have shared with our family! 

Posted on April 17, 2014 by Beth Madsen
Wow, we are getting so amazingly close that it is incredible.  Thank you to everyone who has been supporting this long and awesome journey!  As Lexi gets closer and closer his excitedment grows.  He dreams of Mickey, his assigned service dog.  I can not wait for the two to be together!

Our Soup N Salad was incredibly successful raising $3275.00 and we still are finishing our "MEGA PARTY" fundraiser of PartyLite, Tupperware and Mary Kay thrown by my friends Teresa Jay, Tara McKinney and La Vonne Gilmore-they have been so generous and wonderful!  Next up is our Golf Tournament on May 4th at Black Oak Golf Course in Auburn, CA.  Lexi is looking forward to golfing with everyone.  He is a great golfer, it is one of his most favorite past times.  After that is the Colfax Car Show on May 10th where we will have a nacho booth and raffle drawings for a 2 day getaway and our Old Town Pizza gift box.  

Special thanks to recent donations from the Muir Family.  I was trying to thank them personally under comments and saw that someone named Alexa Fila had posted her negative situation on my fundraising sight.  This is a woman who unfortunately, after contracting with Pawsitive Service Dogs, was found to have a criminal record in a way that caused Pawsitive to not be able to place a dog with her child out of concern for animal safety and prudent care.  They have been very transparent regarding this manner and this woman continues to harass every family that is desperately trying to raise money and help their own children.  Pawsitive is acting prudently and with legal advisement and care in the situation and is a wonderful organization.  Their respect, dilligence and efforts make me all the prouder to have contracted with them.  I am so sorry if anyone has been inflicted with Ms. Fila's negative remarks. I assure you that I am a wise and prudent mother who moved into this contract prudently and carefully.  I hope your support for my son continues and that this woman's negative past affecting her today and therefore inflicting her guilt and blame onto others does not harm my son.  He has been through enough already and his situation is still fragile.  

Lexi is struggling through his spring break and the amount of fundraising socialization involved and his depression has returned.  We are doing everything possible to hold him up through this time.  I know that when Mickey comes, he will be able to support Lexi and help him through.  They will be an amazing Pawsome team.  God Bless you all.  Thank you for your continued support.

Posted on April 6, 2014 by Beth Madsen
Well we just had an AWESOME fundraiser last night here in our local town.  The Colfax Lions Club are a powerful force and we had SO MUCH FUN! We had a Soup N Salad Dinner with desserts by teh Lionesses and several raffles and a silent auction!  Everyone seemed to go home happy and full of delicious food!  It was AW INSPIRING! We are so grateful for all the support from raffle and auction donations to soup n salad cooks and to the Colfax Lions and Lionesses for all their hard work!  Lexi, his siter and I are just amazed and so grateful!  Next up is our Mega Party in one week with online ordering at Tupperware, Mary Kay and Party Lite open the whole month of April and then our Golf Tournament on May 4th at Black Oak Golf Course and last but not least ont he calendar thus far is the Colfax Car Show, we will have a nacho booth there and wrap up our long term raffle drawings.  It is absolutely all kinds of fun and we look forward to any support you can bring. 

We know for sure that Mickey is Lexi's chosen dog and he is almost done with his basic puppy training by his fantastic puppy raisers, Kellee and Reagan and he is ALMOIST ready for ADVANCED TRAINING!  They expecy him to be ready for Lexi in June!  We have got to be ready for Mickey!!!!  He might be able to come to our Golf Tournament or our Car Show so come on out and meet him...he is such a sweetie!!!  

In the meantime, Lexi is doing better and is more stable with his hope getting stronger waiting for Mickey.  Things are looking pretty PAWSITIVE around these parts.  Thank you ALL so very much for all of your PAWSOME support!  We could not have gotten this far without each of you!  

Posted on January 30, 2014 by Beth Madsen
Such excitement after the holidays...we have raised 1/3 of the amount for Lexi's Service Dog. Special thank you to Shannon Marie Perreaul who created a scholarship after raising more then needed for her son's autism service dog.  I love to hear the wonderful reports of before and after the service dog came in to their lives.  I can't wait to tell my own wonderful stories.  

We uploaded some videos of Lexi learning the guitar. One of his new favorite things to do. He plays constantly. Check them out. :)

This coming week I will meet with hte head of Pawsitive Service Dog Solutions at our local Lion's Club meeting to present our need and they have decided to do some sort of fundraiser for us but no specifics yet.  I am so excited for their help, I hear fantastic things of their great work.

On top of continuing to collect online donations, we are beginning our search for donated items to do raffles and silent auctions at our fundraising events.  We already have a 2 night stay in a beautiful cabin, a tax preparation service, an awesome skateboard, a month of dance lessons, some amazing photography prints, some gorgeous knitted hats, a few gift cards and a certificate for massage locked in.  I am rallying my army of friends, family and supporters to help me gather more auction items or raffle prizes so if you knwo of any, please do not hesitate to email me. 

On the horizon is also a possible Pampered Chef Party. A  fundraiser by my cousin on the East Coast and possibly one by my niece.  I am open to ideas and help as I continue to try to juggle, dealing with Lexi's special needs and mental illness, schooling issues, his sibling, working and going to law school.  

All help, donations, prayers, creative thoughts and ideas and support is bringing hope to Lexi and blessing to our family.  Thank you!!!

Posted on November 27, 2013 by Beth Madsen
Happy Thanksgiving to all who are supporting our journey through donations, sharing our quest and adventures and your prayers!  We are so grateful for all of the love and light that has been directed toward our family and toward Lexi as he has been struggling so intensely through his darkness.  Our love and prayers of gratitude and grace for a wonderful Holiday!  

Lexi is home this week from the hospital. It is good to have my boy home. He is more stable and his handsome smile actually pops out once in awhile.  He is not looking forward to the Holiday Break being over because he is struggling socially at school right now but in three weeks he will have another Holiday Break and that will be a good thing.  It is not easy being a teenager.

We are $28.00 away from $2000.00 raised towards our goal.  Steadily we move towards our goal. The Lion's Club has agreed to help us put on an event in the Spring which should be exciting and fun! We still need to get together and decide specifics. I have not heard back fromt he Kiwanis or the Rotary Club but I sure did have a great time meeting with them.  

I hope everyone has a Wonderful Thanksgiving...Thank you all so very much!

Posted on November 16, 2013 by Beth Madsen
Lexi is having a rough time these days. The service dog will be crucial for stabilizing him and helping to give him the tools and confidence to move forward.  We are currently $550 from making 20% towards goal.  I am so grateful for all the support everyone is giving from donations, sharing the links, spreading the word and prayers.  Please keep showing Lexi that we can bring light to his darkness.  In love and gratitude! 

Posted on November 6, 2013 by Beth Madsen
Well, we have been invited next week to go meet the puppies in training and I am so excited! I think this will really help Lexi feel the hope of this quest for his service dog! And OF COURSE I WILL TAKE PICTURES!!! 

Our fundraiser has amazingly raise $1631.00 already in ONE MONTH, with 43 supporters and donations from $5 to $100.  See how it all adds up!!!  Every donation is HUGE!!! This link has been shared over 100 times and that is FANTASTIC!!!  

I'm excited to meet with the Kiwanis of Grater Colfax this week and the DayBreak Roatary Club of Auburn next week..hopefully they will be able to help in some way.  The Lions Club of Auburn is meeting in the next week and they have promised to brainstorm on how to help us in our fundraising endeavors.  I am praying they come up with some effective and fun ideas!!!!  We also have a locked in date of a golf tournament on Sunday May 4th at 2pm at Black Oak Golf Course in Auburn so save the date and I'll have registration ready by February.  Registration will be $50  so mark your calendars!!! Lexi LOVES Golf!!!

I've also been sharing letters asking for fundraising partners, donations or contributions to raffle prizes, etc from anyone and everyone.  Haven't heard back from anyone yet but I'll keep going until I get some cool raffle prizes lined up.  :)

In additon, my beautiful niece in South Caroline is looking for a way to do a fundraiser with her sunday school class.  She's a mother of 3 and pregnant with a fourth and offering to help her beautiful crazy cousin across the country.  My family is AWESOME!

Always looking for companies seeking end of the year tax deductible donations so if you know of any or have ideas or connections please share them with me! 

I think this is the beginning of an amazing journey! Thank you to everyone who has donated and shared and prayed and supported us in any way on our quest for Lexis Service Dog. Please please please keep sharing and supporting us however you are able!  No donation is too small and they ALL add up to HUGE hope!!! In Love and Gratitude!

Posted on October 30, 2013 by Beth Madsen
Remember how we used to Trick or Treat for UNICEF...what if we did TRICK OR TREAT for a SERVICE DOG?  LOL  

Lex has bolted 2x's in the last 3 weeks. It's very scary.  His condition is not stable at all.  A service dog would stop this risk and help him stabilize. We have made it past 10% towards goal but have a LONG road ahead of us.  

Thank you for continuing to share his facebook page and this youcaring site and the igive.com site.  All of it is helpful.  

Hoping to do a video with my daughter's cheer team this week and to get signed up for a bake sale at our towns winterfest. Going to also have an information table set up at church this weekend.  Getting the word out and keeping it out is key to success.    

Looking for any information or leads to corporate donations as businesses looking for end of the year tax deductible gifts to make to help them out.  Please think of your employer and if I might be able to send a letter or give you a letter to request their help.  

Thank you for your continued prayers, support and help spreading the word, the links, the websites, the successes and the continued challenges. Knowing there is this wonderful circle of friends and family help tether Lexi to hope. For that I am eternally grateful!


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