Family hosts 5k to get a service dog for special needs teen

Like most 13-year-olds, Grace Green loves pets and she’s involved in a lot of activities like cheerleading, dancing, swimming and acting.

But Grace’s story isn’t like most. Her birth mother abused alcohol and drugs.

“While she was pregnant with Grace she was drinking the whole time and she admitted to us later she was doing crystal meth and marijuana,” said Sandra Green who adopted Grace when she was three weeks old.

Reach Grace on Facebook

Grace suffers from fetal alcohol syndrome and bi-polar disorder. She’s on 12 medications and sometimes has screaming fits.

“She slams the doors, kicks the doors and kicks the walls. We figured a dog would be able to soothe her because we can’t do it. We’ve tried and she doesn’t respond anymore,” Sandra said.

To help Grace out, the family has decided to get a service dog. The problem is, the dog cost $14,000 dollars and the family has to raise all the money themselves.

The Green family is hosting a 5K run/walk and fun run Saturday, June 21 at 5 p.m. (fun run is at 5:45) at The University of South Alabama intramural fields to raise money for a service dog.

Registration for Saturday’s race

So far, the family only has 20 participants so they’re asking for sponsors.

“Even if we get 100 people we’ll only get about $500-$600  so sponsors would be great,” Sandra said.

Grace’s 4 Paws for Ability fundraising page

If the service dog isn’t right for Grace, Sandra said the 4 Paws for Ability ground will give the dog to a veteran in need.



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