Carly Carver, Editor
The Ashland Beacon
Aiden Adkins, 12, of Ashland, has made headlines and print for the past several months, while his dedicated mother attempted to raise funds for him to be placed with a service dog through 4 Paws for Ability.
“Having the service dog would be life-changing and lifesaving for Aiden,” said Paula Profit, Aiden’s mother. “His quality of life would change drastically. He has always wanted to be like his friends and able to do more; however, with the challenges he faces from PTSD, Autism and ADHD, he is unable to join them. Having a beloved companion by his side would enable Aiden to achieve more goals and have a better quality of life being outdoors more and enjoying life.”
4 Paws for Ability is a nonprofit organization that places service dogs with disabled children.
The organization cites the overall costs between $40,000 – $60,000 to raise, train, and place a service dog. The families pay or raise a fee for service of $17,000.
Aiden’s mother has worked hard to raise the $17,000 required for placement, and recently, Aiden reached his fundraising goal.
The family found out the goal was met while visiting 4 Paws for Ability.
Paula said she took her son on a surprise trip to 4 Paws Ability to lift his spirits and stay positive while reaching the goal.
When his mother asked him what he thought about the outing, he said “puppies!”
“We actually got to sit in on a class watching service dogs and their owners go through training,” said Paula. “While we were in class they came in and said a company in Texas is willing to pay the rest of the amount we owed for his service dog.”
“I have enough for my service dog,” said Aiden, excitedly. “Done fundraising!”
The next step is waiting on a class date for their service dog, which is usually scheduled 18 months to two years out. During this time, the nonprofit puts the service dogs through multiple training programs catered around the needs of the child.
Paula said that both her and Aiden are ecstatic over the news.
“Thank you everybody,” said Aiden. “I love you!”
The duo will spend two weeks in Xenia, Ohio at 4 Paws for Ability once Aiden receives his graduating class information. Families are responsible for their own lodging, food, and supplies during this time. Due to the additional costs, Paula has set up a separate account for fundraising the travel expenses, which the nonprofit estimates at $2,000.
There are several coin jars throughout town to assist the family with this expense, or donations can be made directly by contacting Paula Profit.