5-year-old Kayleigh Andrews of Wilmington, North Carolina, was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid idiopathic arthritis when she was just 2 years old. But her life is about to get a whole lot easier thanks to a service dog donated by a generous dog breeder.
Even though Kayleigh is only 5 years old, she’s already experienced as much pain as someone much older.
Since she was diagnosed at 2, she has to go to the doctor every two weeks for shots, which are very painful. Her condition makes it very difficult to walk and keep her balance.
“She never crawled. She would just scoot on her butt everywhere,” her mom, Amanda Andrews, said. “We thought it was cute until her knees started getting really swollen and then she just quit walking.”
It took many doctors’ visits and different medications to help the little girl live a fairly normal life.
Then they heard that a service dog would help the girl keep her balance and pick things up for her when they fell.
But this condition has already caused a tremendous financial burden on the whole family. They knew they would not be able to afford a service dog on their own, so they created a GoFundMe campaign.
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