SOURCE: Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities

Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities

August 12, 2016 10:08 ET

AID Foundation Awards Funds for a Service Dog to a Determined 13-Year-Old

Adrianna's Dream for a Friend and Life-Saver Comes True After $5,000 Grant From the AID Foundation

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwired - August 12, 2016) - Adrianna was 5 months old when doctors told her mom that she would spend all of her life in a wheelchair due to her diagnoses of spina bifida. Adrianna and her mom, Leanne, fought hard to make sure that she had the best life she could. They battled hard and amazingly enough Adrianna was able to use a walker for her first 5 years of schooling, despite what the doctors told them. Adrianna is 13 now and limited to a wheelchair nearly 100% of the time. Leanne asked the AID Foundation for assistance to obtain a service dog to help her daughter become independent again.

The AID Foundation learned about Adrianna after her mom applied for assistance at www.aid.org. In the application, Leanne explained that her family and friends fundraised $3,000, but still needed an additional $5,000 before they could receive a service dog. After interviews with the family and Arizona Power Paws, AID Foundation excitedly approved the funds to get Adrianna her new lifelong friend.

AID Foundation, Arizona Power Paws, the principal and friends from Adrianna's school all gathered for a surprise. Jennifer Rogers, spokesperson for AID Foundation announced to the group and a very surprised family that they would now be able to receive a service dog.

Through tears of joy, Leanne, Adrianna's mother, said "Maybe this will give her that sense of confidence that she can go out and do things herself. That's, I think, the biggest thing I want for her." Adrianna chimed in with a shy smile and said, "That's kind of what I was thinking."

Jennifer Rogers spokesperson for the AID Foundation, said "We are so grateful to be able to help such a deserving individual. Adrianna is such an amazing girl who we are honored to have had her sweet countenance touch our lives. Thank you for letting the AID Foundation play a role in such a big moment."

AID.org wants to help others. Those with disabilities can make their requests online at www.aid.org.

To schedule interviews please email media@AID.org.

About Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities - Foundation ("AID.org")

As Civil Rights Champions, AID.org was formed in January 2016 in order to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities through charitable gifts, opportunities and the removal of discriminatory barriers. By spearheading a rapid and widespread wave of compliance through educational and affirmative enforcement actions, AID.org not only rapidly brings not-compliant public accommodation into ADA compliance but also acts as a self-funding catalyst for the charitable AID Foundation.

The AID Foundation is a growing resource for any individual with a disability looking to receive help with various issues relating to their disability or compelling needs such as: wheelchair access, medical equipment, and much more. Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities - Foundation aims to help improve the lives of 3 to 4 individuals with disabilities per day.

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Contact Information

  • AID Foundation Public Relations
    Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities - Foundation
    media@AID.org