Service Dog for Matthew

For: Margaret Prusik
Organizer: Matthew Prusik
of $6,000 goal.
Raised by 46 donors
92% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Our Goal
Our family is raising money to help with the expense of providing a Service Dog for our brother Matt.

There is a nonprofit organization Eyes Ears Nose and Paws (EENP) that is providing our brother an opportunity to have his own Service Dog. EENP provides highly trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities and professional caregivers providing pet assisted therapy. Not only will Matt receive a Companion but he will also have a Service Dog to assist him with his mobility impairments and with daily activities such as opening doors, retrieving items, and turning lights on/off.  This Service Dog will give Matt a sense of security and independence.

If we can raise enough money for Matt to be able to get a Service Dog, Matt plans on not only using this Service Dog for his own personal needs but to help and encourage other children that have similar disabilities. Matt wants to help spread the word about the amazing services this non-profit organization is doing for their community and for people with disabilities.    

Matt’s Disability
At 2 years old, Matt was diagnosed with Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy. Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is a genetic disorder characterized by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness. Muscular Dystrophy usually is recognized in boys from 4-6 years of age.

When Matt was young he was able to participate in everyday activities like swimming, running and riding a bike.  Matt's disability hindered his mobility skills but could not stop Matt from his determination to play sports.  As Matt neared his teenage years (11 years old) the effects of this disease became more demanding. Matt understood the effects it would have on his body, but always kept an optimistic attitude.  Normal activities like hanging out with friends, attending sports games, or even dating were always a challenge, which he was unable to do without assistance.  

When Matt reached Middle School he became wheel chair bound and the progressive weakening of the muscles became more evident. Matt had to start wearing braces on his feet and calves to help with the stiffening. He still maintained a positive attitude and even though he couldn’t participate in physical activities he still volunteered to participate as a score keeper for the after school sport programs. Matt maintained his grades and was on the honor role every quarter for three years. 

At this point in Matt’s life, he is confined to a wheelchair with only minimal movement in his fingers and head. Every day activities such as brushing his teeth, hair, showering or even using the restroom are all done with 100% assistance. 

The simple things we take for granted are a challenge for Matt. But he never lets his disability affect his positive attitude on life or his faith. 

On behalf of the Prusik Family we would like to Thank You for your support in helping us reach our goal for Matt's Service Dog.

Any donantions in excess of the $6000.00 cost of the Service Dog are greatly appreciated and will go toward the ongoing maintenance and care of Matt's new companion.

Thank You and God Bless!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 7, 2013 by Matthew Prusik

Hey Everyone! I wanted to continue to thank everyone for all your donations and continued support in helping us reach Matt’s goal! We could not have done it without you! THANK YOU 

I also wanted to let everyone know that Matt will be featured in the Cary Newspaper, a local newspaper in our area,  this Sunday, March 10, 2013. The Cary News visited our home this past week to interview Matt and his progress with Taylor.  

Posted on February 27, 2013 by Matthew Prusik
Due to the overwhelming support from friends, family and even strangers we were able to raise in just a week, over half the amount needed for Matt to bring home Taylor! We are happy to announce that Matt is able to extend the time to raise the rest of the money an extra week to give those a chance to donate. Matt is super excited and would like to thank everyone for all your support in helping him reach his goal!  :)

Matt has been in training for the past week and a half working with Taylor, and training is going great!  

Posted on February 22, 2013 by Matthew Prusik

Matty getting Taylor familiar with the handicap van ramp. After Taylor goes down the ramp and is comfortable with it, Matty praises Taylor for being a good boy. Taylor in excitement hugs and kisses Matty.

Posted on February 22, 2013 by Matthew Prusik
Taylor senses someones sugar is low and retrieves the diabetic bag and alerts the staff.

Posted on February 20, 2013 by Matthew Prusik

Matty I had my eye on you! I knew I loved you before I met you. Looking forward to our journey together.

-   Love Taylor

Posted on February 20, 2013 by Matthew Prusik
Just wanted to thank Deb Cunningham for thinking of me and getting me a treat dispenser so I can treat Taylor when he is a good boy! And most of all your support, guidance and patience.

Posted on February 20, 2013 by Matthew Prusik
I just wanted to thank everyone for all their support and kind words. With every donation I know I am one step closer in bringing Taylor home with me, and that's all thanks to you. I believe that God can do great things and I am so blessed to have gotten this far. This experience has not only given me the ability to bring home a service dog that will make my life so much easier but a best friend. I have gotten to work with great people from EENP, created relationships that will last a life time and have realized how many people are behind me supporting me every step of the way. I have so much to be thankful for and look forward to the future. What an experience so far.  

Posted on February 20, 2013 by Matthew Prusik
Hey Everyone .. just wanted to give you an update on Matthew's progress at EENP training. Matthew started training this week. Matthew finds out today which service dog he will be working with for the next week and a half. If all goes well and we can raise enough money, Matthew will be able to bring one of these amazing dogs home. I have posted some pictures of Matthew training.

Posted on February 20, 2013 by Matthew Prusik

Matthew was featured in an article in The Daily Tar Heel.
Click the link below to read the article.

Go Tar Heels!

Posted on February 17, 2013 by Matthew Prusik
We would like to thank everyone at NC Raleigh Flea Market for all their support this weekend and a special thank you to Marshall Stewart for allowing us to have a fundraiser in the facility.

The Prusik Family

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