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Hadley Jo’s Story
Hadley Jo (4) was diagnosed at age 2 with cryptogenic localization related epilepsy. According to the journal, Epilepsy & Behavior, up to one-third of children with epilepsy are diagnosed with cryptogenic localization-related epilepsy (CLRE), just like Hadley Jo (HJ).
A service dog to the rescue
Soon after HJ’s diagnosis, a stranger’s service dog responded to her seizures on two different occasions. Needless to say the family’s search for a service dog started that day! HJ service dog, “Ariel” (chocolate small standard labradoodle) came home around Halloween in 2016 and the two have been bonding every since.
Ultimate Canine (private organization who bred and trained Ariel) told HJ’s family that due to her age, bonding could take a year or longer. They have shared that in the month of October, HJ’s had two grand mal seizures within two weeks of each other. Thankfully, Ariel alerted HJ’s teachers prior to the seizures. HJ’s teachers were able to administer her rescue medication within two minutes of the onset of the seizure STOPPING the seizure. HJ’s mom believes “Ariel” is saving our daughter’s life and the family is forever grateful.
In 2017, Hadley Jo’s family started the HOPEFORHADLEYJO project, funding service dogs for other children with epilepsy through their purple dog “beaux ties”. The family’s non profit project is affiliated with the Kentucky Epilepsy Foundation and they aim to help save other’s lives! For more on Hadley Jo and the HOPEFORHADLEYJO Project click the button below: