Glenn Foden was a political cartoonist who died suddenly of an aneurysm 4 months ago. Before he died, he had a dream of getting a service dog for her neurological impaired daughter, Hanna. He wasn’t able to fulfill that dream and because of economic reasons, his family had to put it on hold. Until now.
After few months of grieving, Foden’s widow, Teresa, realized getting the service dog for Hanna had to be a priority and she started evaluating her options. Soon enough she found Rosalee, the perfect dog for her daughter.
Rosalee was donated to the family but they still needed to paid for a couple of years of training, so Teresa open a GoFundMe account and in only 4 days she collected $6,000 of the $4,000 goal. The power of social media did it again and through the continuous sharing of their story, enough people stepped in to help a family in need.
Once Rosalee finishes her training, she will help Hanna with small tasks like when she drops something, or more complex tasks like to cross the street or to find help if she gets lost. But most importantly, Rosalee will give her emotional support when she is overwhelmed or frightened and will allow her to explore the community with more independence.
Yesterday, when the funding goal was overpassed, Teresa published this update:
“I arrived home today to discover our goal was reached — and surpassed. I opened my email to discover many notes of encouragement and support. It is a joy to see my daughter’s face lit up with excitement and hope. With your gifts and your encouragement, we will move ahead and start making some new memories to hold us here until it is time for us to be together with Glenn again”.