Everyone meet Aaron! Aaron lost his dad in Afghanistan before he was born. SPC. Robert Allan Pierce was KIA on June 3, 2013.
When Aaron turned one, he had a febrile seizure. Shortly after, his family noticed him staring off into space. His pediatrician sent Aaron to the children’s hospital. That’s when doctors discovered he was having several absence seizures an hour.
According to Aaron’s mom, Christian, medications did not help. By the age of three, Aaron began having more aggressive seizures. He was then diagnosed with absence and myoclonic seizures.
“Once again we tried several medications with no luck,” his mom added. “Aaron has been through so much lab work, testing, MRIs, EEGs, and medications. We have no known cause for his epilepsy. We were then referred to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN. For the last two years, we have made trips back and forth for more testing. Aaron started having over 450 seizures in a 24 hour period. His seizures are making him fall and get hurt, lose balance, school regression, and not be able to do many things other kids can. He’s also been seeing lung doctors and an endocrinologist for the side effects of medication. His liver has taken a beating. He’s sick a lot, and just not his normal self.”
There is an organization that assists veterans by providing service dogs for those with disabilities. “Having a seizure support dog would give him so much confidence, help with falling and balance control, help know when seizures are happening, alert us if he falls, and be there emotionally for him, and so much more,” mom, Christian Huskey, concluded.
4 Paws For Ability enriches the lives of children with disabilities by training and placing quality, task-trained service dogs. This provides increased independence for the children, and assistance to their families. And 4 Paws also works with veterans from recent conflicts who’ve lost the use of their limbs or their hearing while in active combat. In all cases, the results speak for themselves.
Aaron’s family is currently raising the money for a service dog. if you are interested in learning more about Aaron’s fundraiser, or about 4 Paws For Ability, visit Facebook.