Monday, May 20, 2013

Z-Man and the Sheila-Roo

Zander, The Z-Man, is my 8 year old grandson, my little Nugget.
Help unite Zander with Service Dog Sheila
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SWEET LITTLE ZANDER NEEDS A SERVICE DOG! A good doggie match has been found and now funds must be raised - every dollar helps. His dog will help him in many ways, but most importantly she will help keep him safe. Please help unite Zander with Service Dog Sheila!
Zander has Prader Willi Syndrome, which causes him to constantly feel starving hungry. This uncontrollable and incurable hunger is referred to as Hyperphagia; in PWS this means "Compulsive eating and obsession with food. The urge to eat is physiological* and overwhelming; it is difficult to control and requires constant vigilance.". And because if it Z-Man will do anything, however dangerous, to find food. Given the chance he literally could eat himself to death (due to gastric rupture or necrosis, or even from choking), he could be seriously injured or killed in one of his escape attempts to look for food, or he would at the least become life threateningly obese.
*based in physical and chemical functions, activities, and phenomena of the body
There is much more to Prader Willi Syndrome than hyperphagia, and there a number of ways in which a service dog will aid Zander, but the critical thing, THE reason Z-Man NEEDS one, is that a specifically trained service dog will help KEEP HIM SAFE. A service dog trainer has recently identified Sheila, a 4 yr old black lab, as a suitable match and already begun training her to meet Z-Man's particular needs.

We are appealing to everyone to help unite Zander with his service dog Sheila by donating if they are willing and able (even one dollar - every dollar counts!) and by promoting his cause. An added, and ultimately more important, benefit of sharing Z-Man's cause is that doing so will also help spread Prader Willi Awareness. Those interested in supporting the PWS cause directly can donate to the Federation for Prader-Willi Research help fund important research or to the Prader-Willi Sydrome Association USA or the International Prader-Willi Syndrome Organisation to help support families and individuals with PWS.
See videos about Prader Willi Syndrome on my last entry, PRADER WILLI SYNDROME AWARENESS MONTH.

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