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Elliot McArtor

Elliot

Earlier this year Brian and I started looking more in-depth about various ways we could help our sweet Elliot have all the opportunities life has to offer him, and what tools he needs to allow this to happen.

Elliot was born completely full term on Aug. 25th 2017 at 5:47am weighing a respectable 6lbs 0oz and 17.5in long, thus dubbing him our Little Peanut from that day forward.

As soon as he entered the world it was apparent that something was wrong. Elliot would spend the first 8 days of his life in the NICU, the following 3 months on oxygen, and complication after complication with eating and weight gain.

Doctors could not figure out why a full term, zero complications pregnancy would cause a baby to have so many struggles at birth. After many doctors appointments with various specialists, multiple genetics tests, constant lab work, and an MRI of his brain we were still left with more questions than answers.

Shortly after moving to North Carolina we finally received some answers to our many questions. Elliot was diagnosed with Level 3 Autism Spectrum Disorder. Receiving this diagnosis was the gateway we needed to open doors for Elliot to receive that much needed support in order for him to thrive. While we may never know the full extent of his disabilities and what caused all of his complications and delays, this was a huge win for him.

So…now that leads us to the fundraiser! After applying, submitting medical documentation’s from Elliot’s neurologist, multiple referrals, and interviewing with the wonderful people at 4 Paws for Ability, Elliot was approved to receive a service dog!

This service dog will be able to go everywhere Elliot goes, provide him with added safety by helping to reduce elopement episodes, track him if he gets lost, guide him through meltdowns by interrupting escalations, detect increased anxiety and apply deep pressure to calm him, and so much more! Most importantly though it will give Elliot a 24/7 nonjudgmental best friend who loves him unconditionally, and will be there as he navigates through life.

With the approval comes a cost. On average it costs $40,000-$60,000 to raise, train, and place a service dog with their new family. We have agreed to raise $17,000 as our portion to help with everything involved in the training.

So here’s how you can help!!! We are asking for any donations big or small, no amount is insignificant! If you are unable to make a donation please consider sharing this fundraiser to help our Sweet Little Peanut Pie meet his new best friend!

Thank you all for your love and support! We have a long journey ahead of us, and are deeply appreciative of any help, words of encouragement, and prayers sent our way.

I’ve included information about 4 Paws For Ability below.

4 Paws for Ability strives to be the leading provider of service dogs for children regardless of disability as well as adult children with caregiver guardianship who cannot live independently. 4 Paws assists Veterans who have given selflessly to our country by providing service dogs which can assist with disabilities on a case by case basis as well as adults living with hearing loss, diabetes, or Alzheimer’s.

Facebook pays all the processing fees for you, so 100% of your donation goes directly to the nonprofit for Elliot.

Donate here or you can mail donations to:

4 Paws for Ability In Honor of Elliot McArtor 253 Dayton Ave. Xenia, Ohio 45385

(Be sure to write Elliot’s name on the memo line of any checks mailed).

Thank you everyone!

Love,

Brian, Cara, Milo, and Elliot

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