The Williams family said this week that they have raised the $13,000 needed to help buy a specially trained seizure dog to be a companion to Victoria, who was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease in January 2002.
The neuromuscular disease causes Victoria to have multiple seizures every day. She is unable to talk and care for herself.
The seizure dog, which costs $24,000 to train, will become Victoria’s constant companion and will alert her parents when she is about to have a seizure.
In March 2012, the family will go to Ohio and train with the dog before bringing it home to Canton.
The family began raising their share of the funds for the dog in April.
Students at Loganville Middle School raised $4,000 of the total. The city of Clarkston raised $1,000 and another $1,200 was raised on Victoria’s FaceBook page.
Victoria’s mother, Corey Lowe Williams, who is a Clarkston Police officer, said she is delighted to reach the goal.
“I am absolutely amazed at the kindness of strangers,” Williams said. “This is amazing and I am left speechless.”
Williams said that 4 Paws for Ability told her that it takes most families six to nine months to raise the funds.
“This is a God thing,” she said.
In addition to funds needed to purchase and train the dog, the family also needs help covering expenses for the trip to Ohio and the 10-day stay for the training. Williams said she will now focus attention on raising money to help cover the cost of the trip She is also raising two boys, Jayden, 8, and Joseph, 6, and she said they will need a bigger vehicle to transport the seizure dog.
“My next adventure will be to find a larger vehicle without car payments – prayers needed on this one,” she said.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/pages/Paws-for-a-Princess/209884319028630 or call Corey Williams at 678-760-8648.