About this Virtual Run: This virtual run is like none we have ever hosted before as it doesn’t benefit a general charity, but instead benefits a family trying to get a service dog for their autistic son. Although Jameson is high functioning, he still has many areas in his life where he struggles. Having his own service dog will provide him with stability and will help promote independence. His service dog will be trained to comfort him when he is having a melt-down by providing deep, calming pressure, and Jameson will also learn to be tethered to his service dog when outside the home. This will enable Jameson to be more social and will allow his family to be more involved in their community. Service dogs are invaluable to the people they assist, but they are also very expensive. Jameson’s service dog will cost his family $15,900.
Run or walk whenever and wherever you want to help Jameson’s family get him a service dog! All participants will receive this adorable service dog medal that has an autism puzzle piece hanging from its collar. You are going to love this medal, and best of all, your support will be directly helping a little boy get a service dog to improve his life!
About the Charity: Jameson’s family has created a YouCaring page to help him get a service dog. You can read their story there. Once enough funds are raised, Jameson’s dog will be coming from Assistance Dogs for Autism. Trainers and staff from this organization come not only from a background of dog training, but have worked extensively with individuals with special needs, especially children. Assistance Dogs for Autism is comprised of a cast of trainers that is unparalleled in the industry.
Virtual Strides Partner Event: This event is part of the Virtual Strides Partners Program. A Service Dog for Jameson will receive 100% of the net proceeds from this event (via Assistance Dogs for Autism, earmarked for Jameson’s dog) after Virtual Strides’ partner costs are deducted.