Smart Pup for Aria (297216)

Smart Pup for Aria (297216)

Hi! My name is Aria, and I am 5 years old. I suffer from epilepsy and have recently been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and a severe form of anxiety from a condition called ‘In hospital Trauma’ which occurs from being in and out of hospitals so frequently at such a young age. It sure can be an overwhelming place when you don’t understand what’s going on!
101.25% Raised
$20,250.00 donated of $20,000.00 goal
71 Donors

See, I was born at 35 weeks with a very rare illness called Pierre Robin Sequence (PRS). This means that I was born with a small jaw, club feet and a cleft palate which impacted my ability to breathe, eat and later, speak properly. My mum and dad stayed by my side during my care at the Royal Children’s NICU. It was a very scary time, but none of us gave up.
At 13 weeks of age, I had surgery on my jaw to help it move forward and stop my tongue from falling back obstructing my airways. Unfortunately, though I suffered from a stroke during this surgery, caused by a very small hole in my heart that hadn’t been found before then.
At 18 months I had my first seizure. My temperature shot up to 40 degrees very suddenly and mum had to call an ambulance as I became nonresponsive and was shaking. This has happened numerous times since – the doctors confirmed it as epilepsy. They explained my EEG results show a pattern of someone who has had a brain injury, so it’s likely derived from my stroke.
The seizures are a part of my daily life now. It’s challenging to live with them as I don’t know when they are coming and am often unresponsive during them so I can’t ask for help when I need it.
Fortunately, I have been approved for a Seizure Alert Assistance Dog! Mum has explained to me that having a dog like this means that it will alert someone when I’m having a seizure, or if I fall, and help me when I have an anxiety attack or need comfort. It’s expensive though, because there’s a lot of training costs involved to teach a dog to properly support their human; to recognize when I’m in need of assistance and act accordingly – they’re so clever, it’s a lot to learn!
Having access to such an amazing support is going to change my life in so many positive ways – my day-to-day functioning will become smoother and less stressful, my anxiety will begin to be eased, and I’ll look forward to being able to participate in activities with my friends in my community again! I can find it hard to do things independently at the moment as I’m easily overwhelmed and fall over a lot with my seizures and cerebral palsy.
Any help that you can give us to reach our goal is so appreciated – even assisting to spread word of my story is a great way to contribute, as it has the potential to help my story get seen by many more people!
Hopefully we can raise the $20,000 we need, by using channels such as this one!
Every donation adds up to make a big difference! You are part of an incredible community of loyal supporters, who together help to make great things possible from what are often small beginnings. Thank you for your donation! All donations over $2 are tax deductible. Thank you for your suppawt.

Smart Pups Team
enquiries@smartpups.org.au

Every donation adds up to make a big difference! Your ongoing support goes towards training each Assistance Dog for a child with special needs. You are part of an incredible community of loyal supporters, who together help to make great things possible from what are often small beginnings. Thank you for your donation! All donations over $2 are tax deductible. Thank you for your suppawt.

58 Comments
  • Roelofs Leslie & Danny
    Posted at 08:54h, 30 October Reply

    Good luck Aria. Fingers crossed we see you and your new Smartpup at our next family gathering.

    • Alisha Harris
      Posted at 12:48h, 10 November Reply

      Thank you so much for your donation to Aria’s fundraiser for her Seizure alert assistance dog . Your support means so much to us thank you

  • Kathy Gridley
    Posted at 10:10h, 31 October Reply

    Best wishes & love to Aria.

    • Alisha Harris
      Posted at 12:49h, 10 November Reply

      Thank you so much for your donation to Aria’s fundraiser for her Seizure alert assistance dog . Your support means so much to us thank you

  • MARGARET REYNOLDS
    Posted at 06:14h, 09 November Reply

    Superstar.xx

    • Alisha Harris
      Posted at 12:50h, 10 November Reply

      Thank you so much for your donation to Aria’s fundraiser for her Seizure alert assistance dog . Your support means so much to us thank you

  • Liz Mackenzie
    Posted at 19:10h, 15 November Reply

    Now you can have your own little friend special love💞
    Arie

  • Penny Samson
    Posted at 20:33h, 18 November Reply

    Hope you get a new friend 🙂

  • Inneka Harris
    Posted at 16:40h, 19 November Reply

    Lots of love ❤️

  • Dominique Harris
    Posted at 18:04h, 19 November Reply

    Good luck Aria. You are a superstar and we can’t wait for you to get your pup. Lots of love, Dom, Jakson and Arlo xx

    • Alisha Harris
      Posted at 21:37h, 28 December Reply

      Thank you so much for your support for Aria to get her seizure alert assistance dog. We appreciate it so much xxx

  • Janet Adler
    Posted at 14:51h, 26 November Reply

    Hi Alisha, wishing you and your family all the best.
    Love Janet

  • Andrea Moore
    Posted at 16:53h, 27 November Reply

    Such an inspirational little girl. Love you Aria

  • Melanie Fowles
    Posted at 11:38h, 30 November Reply

    Good luck darling x

  • Alan Lawrence Bannister
    Posted at 06:34h, 01 December Reply

    Hope you reach your goal soon

  • Charlie Murrell
    Posted at 08:29h, 01 December Reply

    You are one very brave little girl… you must get it from your incredibly brave parents!
    I have family who live in the same town and I hope very much to see you around when I visit in the near future with your new furry friend.
    Wishing you all the very best – Charlie

    • Alisha Harris
      Posted at 21:39h, 28 December Reply

      Thank you so much for your support and donating to help us get our daughter her seizure alert assistance dog. We really appreciate it x

  • Stephanie Morgan
    Posted at 20:38h, 01 December Reply

    You are a brave little girl Aria! I hope your new furry friend brings you a lot of joy and happiness. All the best x x

  • Monika Pickard
    Posted at 18:36h, 06 December Reply

    All the best, good luck xox

  • Pam Cooper
    Posted at 09:43h, 29 December Reply

    I hope you reach your goal

  • Graham Rees
    Posted at 20:32h, 29 December Reply

    Hopefully you are able to getbthe dog to make your life a little easier

  • Casey de Munk
    Posted at 21:40h, 29 December Reply

    ❤️❤️❤️

  • Jessica Carey
    Posted at 14:02h, 30 December Reply

    Alisha and Aria, you two are amazing 🙂 So grateful to have crossed paths, thank you for inspiring us to always be strong and brave!

    Jess & Jasper

    • Alisha Harris
      Posted at 05:39h, 08 January Reply

      Jess thank you so much for your support in going us achieve our goal to get Aria her Seizure alert assistance dog. We really appreciate it. Thank you so much x

  • Cheryl Guillot
    Posted at 11:07h, 06 January Reply

    All the best Aria. I hope you have your special friend soon x

  • Kirsten Burrows
    Posted at 10:31h, 07 January Reply

    I know your perfect pup is out there, just waiting for you. I hope you get him soon! All the best.

  • Tracey Adams
    Posted at 11:26h, 11 January Reply

    Fund raising through the sale of Aunty Trace – 27 monsters sold! More to go, we’re getting there!

  • Tracey Adams
    Posted at 08:43h, 13 January Reply

    More Monster donations!

  • Brantley Fry
    Posted at 22:24h, 14 January Reply

    My daughter also suffers from epilepsy and has been seizure free for over a year after undergoing two rounds of brain surgeries. We are so thankful and hopeful that others find treatments and cures.

  • Tracey Adams
    Posted at 06:35h, 17 January Reply

    Another Monster donation

    • Alisha Harris
      Posted at 08:44h, 20 January Reply

      Thank you so much for your support. We really appreciate it x

  • Laura Keenan
    Posted at 17:44h, 24 January Reply

    Hope it’s not too long until this super hero has her sidekick!

  • Adrian De Kort
    Posted at 11:42h, 30 January Reply

    We were told no presents for your Mums birthday but thought she would this more. Love Suzanne and Arch

  • Jenny Rollins
    Posted at 15:54h, 02 February Reply

    Hope you reach your goal soon brave little one xoxo

  • Karen Burke
    Posted at 23:24h, 07 February Reply

    I hope you get your special puppy. I pray that you are always surrounded by much Love ❤️

  • Meagan Gaylor
    Posted at 05:56h, 08 February Reply

    Can’t wait to meet your new puppy

  • Tracey Adams
    Posted at 08:40h, 10 February Reply

    Another monster installment!

  • Jeanne Sjogren
    Posted at 20:24h, 10 February Reply

    Wishing you lot’s of happiness with your new furry friend.

  • Dorz West
    Posted at 21:52h, 16 February Reply

    To help Aria get her pup

  • Reannah King
    Posted at 08:02h, 17 February Reply

    Hope the auction goes really well. All the best getting this special pup to Aria x

  • Bridie C Odea
    Posted at 05:23h, 18 February Reply

    Hello sweet young lady your bravery is inspirational and your strength is beyond this world and the years you have spent on it. Support pups are amazing fostering confidence, independents and joy, here’s to a bright future Aria

  • Penelope Jane Armstrong-Boehk
    Posted at 20:35h, 05 March Reply

    It’s a wonderful opportunity to support, such a lovely family and beautiful little girl, who demonstrates such strength and courage keep going strong Aria!

  • Ronda Manhire
    Posted at 16:55h, 06 March Reply

    Such a good cause. Hope all goes well with your pup.

  • Adrian De Kort
    Posted at 18:43h, 07 March Reply

    Hi a client/ friend Libby Smith asked me to donate this on her behalf.

  • Madeline Briggs
    Posted at 08:16h, 17 March Reply

    How amazing this pup will be to help you day to day.
    Good luck

  • Hansa Wijesinghe
    Posted at 07:51h, 22 March Reply

    Wishing Aria an easy recovery and continued good health afterward!

  • Panos Georgiou
    Posted at 08:02h, 22 March Reply

    I hope this helps assist Aria, Enjoy your pup.

  • Edwina Torrens
    Posted at 08:37h, 22 March Reply

    I hope your little pup brings you much joy and help

  • Gim Seneviratne
    Posted at 08:44h, 22 March Reply

    Good luck Aria

  • Marckenson Brown
    Posted at 09:00h, 22 March Reply

    Enjoy the puppy little one 😊

  • Vivian Liu
    Posted at 09:15h, 22 March Reply

    All the best Aria, hope you will get your little friend soon xxx ❤️

  • Emma Wallis
    Posted at 11:58h, 22 March Reply

    Sending lots of love & support your way. 💚💚💚

  • Kellie Stewart
    Posted at 19:26h, 23 March Reply

    Bless you beautiful girl.. xx

  • Alan Butterworth
    Posted at 08:38h, 24 March Reply

    Best wishes to all the family.

  • Lisbeth Butterworth
    Posted at 08:40h, 24 March Reply

    Best wishes to all the family.

  • Kristi Harris
    Posted at 17:48h, 25 March Reply

    We love you guys so much! Well done on all your hard work. Reach for the stars beautiful Aria xx

  • Di Stracey
    Posted at 19:12h, 25 March Reply

    Keep on smiling special one.

  • Alisha Harris
    Posted at 16:29h, 29 March Reply

    Thank you so much to everyone who donated and supported us. We are so greatful to everyone x

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