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STUDENTS HELP CLASSMATE BY RAISING MONEY FOR SERVICE DOG – Students at Fayetteville Academy start massive fundraising campaign for a service dog to help a classmate deal with his frequent seizures. 

Gage Fitzgerald, a student at Fayetteville Academy in North Carolina, was diagnosed with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy. As a result, he suffers from seizures which can leave him disoriented. In order to help Fitzgerald obtain a service dog, his classmates and others raised over seven thousand dollars through a large fundraising campaign to go towards the cost of the service dog expenses. An organization based in Nebraska called Domesti-PUPS will be providing a service dog and training for Fitzgerald next year. Read more from The Fayetteville Observer:

It seemed that everyone wanted to help Gage get his dog. Especially, as it turned out, his Fayetteville Academy classmates.

Amanda Gillis, a Latin teacher at the school, is also the adviser for the school’s Key Club. She and Fayetteville Academy senior Ryan Sappington, the club’s president, spearheaded “Paint it Purple: A Pup for Gage!’

They had only two weeks to pull everything together in time for the school’s last home basketball game before Christmas.

“It just blew up, fast,” Gillis said. “It just snowballed.”

Art teacher Deborah Reavis designed a logo that would go on purple T-shirts bearing the term Gillis came up with, enGAGE. Alumnus Jean Moore of Moore Exposure agree to help with the printing of the T-shirts and the group ordered purple plastic epilepsy awareness armbands.

It all came together Nov. 20.

“That gym was a sea of purple,” Gillis said.

They were hoping to raise $2,000, but they raised nearly $7,000. With the help of other donations, the Fitzgeralds already have the $14,000 needed.

Great job by all involved! Click here for the full story, and here for more about Domesti-PUPS (Photo from The Fayetteville Observer).

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