DETROIT - Lisa Dover and her 7-year-old daughter Ella love to read books together, but doctors diagnosed Ella with epilepsy just before her third birthday.
"She has daily seizures. Many of them are drop seizures so she'll just fall to the ground with really no warning," Lisa said.
Since Ella's diagnosis, she needs around the clock care at home, but the Dovers are hoping a service dog might make their little girl's day to day life a little easier and give her the gift of freedom.
"We're hoping that the seizure assistance dog can just help alert us if seizure activity is going on," Lisa said. "Give her more independence, because right now we just literally follow her around. It gets frustrating to her. She wants to be a kid. She wants to be with her friends. So just other than her helmet, there's really nothing else to kind of keep her from falling."
With the community's help, the Dovers have been trying to raise enough money to get Ella a service dog, but it isn't cheap. The family needs to come up with $13,000. At this point, they are still a few thousand dollars short of their goal, but Ella's mom is overwhelmed by the show of support so far.
"It's been the most heart warming experience of our lives," Lisa said.
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