Around the age of six, Dale began experiencing tics. Some tics were harmless, she blinked and twitched. Some tics were worse. Dale started to hit and choke herself. Over time, the tics made it impossible for Dale to stay in school or participate in social activities.
Dale was diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome.
When Dale was 13, she was enrolled in the seventh grade, but she couldn’t attend classes at her middle school. Dale was homebound due to her tics and she struggled with severe anxiety due the loss of control over her body. It was really bad.
Then her parents found Retrieving Freedom, a non-profit service dog organization. They contacted them to see if they could help, and not long after that, Dale met Zeke, a laid back Golden Retriever who soon became her hero.
Zeke’s very presence helped Dale with her anxiety and made her tics less severe. When Dale became disruptive or self-abusive, Zeke would stop Dale’s behavior by demanding her attention.
Zeke was a miracle worker, but miracles don’t come cheap these days. It costs Retrieving Freedom around $25,000 to train a dog like Zeke. Still, the organization only asked Dale’s parents to come up with $6,000!
So, they sent out letters and took to the Internet. Zeke rallied more heroes to help and, before long, friends, family and people Dale didn’t even know helped raise the money.
Zeke was able to go home with Dale!
Zeke was simply without judgment. He saw Dale’s tics as part of what makes her so special. He snuggled with her and slept with her, lowering her anxiety and allowing her to get more rest (Tourette’s sufferers even tic in their sleep).
When Dale entered the eighth grade, her new best friend went with her. He took the spotlight off of her behavior and directed it to himself, reducing Dale’s stress and the intensity of her tics. Zeke actually became a social buffer for Dale and even allowed her to explain Tourette’s Syndrome to people, helping those around her have a better understanding of the disease.
Dale now loves going to school full-time and she enjoys reading and archery!
Great story, huh?
Well, it would be… if it were completely true.
Actually, Dale is just now wrapping up the seventh grade and she’s still homebound because of her tics. She’s been working with Zeke and the results really are miraculous. However, Zeke hasn’t been able to go home with Dale… yet. Her family is still raising the $6,000.
Will you help write the rest of Dale and Zeke’s story? You can be a part of incarnating Love in the life of Dale and her family.
All you have to do is go to RetrievingFreedom.org and donate through PayPal. Any gift of any amount will go a long way. Be sure to indicate that the donation is “for Dale Moore.”
Then share this post with everyone you know and watch hopeful fiction become joyous fact.
The Love Fractal must grow.