LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Every week when we pass the cash, I'm reminded it is good to be blessed, but it is better to be a blessing. Especially when you see a little soul whose life can be dramatically changed if not saved, if a family can make it over a pretty big financial hurdle.
On the sunny side of Kentuckinana, with a backdrop of Louisville's skyline it was a beautiful day to Pass the Cash. Two Charlestown, Indiana teachers sent us an email and an explanation of their urgent and costly mission.
Their mission was to help a little girl that has dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy. She has seizures constantly and every seizure damages her brain. This rare, often fatal disease, has found its way into the life of one of Kristie Weber and Jennifer Hutton's students.
With their plan all laid out they need to get the word out that Sofi, 6, needs help. There's no cure whatsoever. So for her what she needs is a service dog. The dog can sense the seizure allowing adults time to provide her the medication she needs before the seizure happens.
What they need is cash. The cost of the service dog is $22,000. Sofi's family must come up with $13,000 of the cost. Kristie, Jennifer and Sofi are counting on the kindness of others to reach their goal. They can count on us!
The family is thought they were having lunch to figure out how to make all of this come true. When Kristie and Jennifer passed the cash everybody in the restaurant applauded! They may not have known exactly what was going on but they could tell it was good news.
The epilepsy foundation calls the kind of dog Sofi needs an alarm system. They can detect seizures 10 to 20 minutes before they happen. Predicting the seizure could mean prevention of traumatic brain damage for Sofi and maybe a little peace of mind for her family.
If you would like to help Sofi, donations of any amount can be sent to;
4 Paws For Ability
253 Dayton Ave
Xenia, Ohio 45385
In honor of Sofia Wilkinson
Donations are tax deductible and can also be sent online by clicking here. Be sure to put ‘In honor of Sophia Wilkinson' in the memo section.
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