HUBER HEIGHTS — Imagine having a stroke that affects the right side of one’s brain and leaving the left side of one’s body weak. Imagine being unable to walk and not being able to use one’s left hand. Imagine this stroke happened to an infant only 52 days old.
That is not an imagined story…this is what happened to 7-year-old Ashton Triplett from Huber Heights. Born 3 months and 10 days premature, he suffered a stroke at the hospital at 52 days old, which also left him developmentally delayed.
A Little More About Ashton
Ashton has already overcome so many obstacles in his young life. He learned how to sit on his own, climb, and “Army” crawl—abilities that surprised all of his doctors. He is currently working on “big boy” crawling and walking with a gait trainer. Ashton would like to do even more things on his own so his parents, Deserae and Jason, contacted Xenia-based 4 Paws for Ability in an effort to get him a Mobility Assistance Dog.
How Can a Mobility Assistance Dog Help Ashton?
A Mobility Assistance Dog would provide Ashton a chance to have some additional independence by helping him to stand while learning to walk. The dog will also assist him with turning on/off lights, picking up dropped items, and alert his parents if he should start choking (which he does frequently).
How the Community Can Help
It will cost 4 Paws over $22,000 to train a dog that is unique in what it does for Ashton. The family is raising $15,000 in support of the 4 Paws’ mission to qualify for a free service dog. To help Ashton get his much needed service dog, there are several ways to donate:
To make a tax-deductible donation, please visit the 4 Paws Donation page (http://www.4PawsForAbility.org/donate-now). Include Ashton’s name (“In Honor of Ashton Triplett”) in the “Instructions to Merchant” through PayPal or donate to his Razoo page https://www.razoo.com/story/Ashton-S-Army-1?referral_code=share
Reach 4 Paws for Ability by visiting www.4PawsForAbility.org