Emily Newcomb needed brain surgery shortly after she was born, and started experiencing seizures not too long after that. These seizures have caused her family to worry for her safety, since she cannot be alone in case she has a seizure. To help Emily have some independence and give her parents peace of mind, the Newcombs decided to pursue a seizure alert dog through Little Angels Service Dogs. They used RedBasket.org to raise the money needed to complete the service dog training. Their campaign raised more than $16,000!
Now her father, Gary, is sharing tips to help other fundraisers make their campaigns successful:
- Swallow your pride. “It is a very humbling experience to ask somebody for money to help out, but you do what you have to do to help your family” said Gary.
- Spread the word. The Newcombs and their friends shared Emily’s story through social media, and took advantage of the press release Red Basket provided. They shared the story to local media, and were interviewed by two television stations.
- Advertise as much as you can. Emily’s family handed out flyers around town and asked their friends to do the same. They also told everyone they met about the fundraiser. Additionally, a family friend created bracelets to sell in honor of Emily. The bracelets raised an additional $2,600.
Emily is now waiting to be matched with her canine companion. Once the matching process is finished, she will travel to California with her parents to complete the training, and can bring her new furry friend home. This dog will give Emily a chance for independence, and help her parents know when she is in danger. “One of the most important things is that Emily cannot be left alone. She could have a seizure and be gone overnight,” Gary said. “The dog will allow her and us to sleep comfortably, knowing we’ll be alerted if something is happening.”
To learn more about Emily’s story, visit her project page: https://redbasket.org/1215/emilys-journey-for-a-service-puppy.