Help Lexi Get His Autism Service Dog

For: Alexander (Lexi) Madsen
Organizer: Beth Madsen
$13,502
of $13,500 goal.
Raised by 84 donors
100% Complete
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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.


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Fundraiser Updates

Posted on June 4, 2014

Posted on June 4, 2014

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

Posted on April 30, 2014

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

Posted on April 19, 2014

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! 

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