Friends of Nathan Foundation

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

We need to sell just 23 more coupon books!

Rose and Chevy the Wonder dog from 4 Paws for Ability
In order to qualify for doing additional fundraising at Carson's for their big sale on November 14th and 15th we need to sell just 23 more coupon books by November 9th.  Online purchases do count and the shipping is FREE. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Coupon Books available online, Savings of $10 for a donation of 5 dollars. Will you help Rose?

Neighborhood Business Trick or Treat

Rose and her family following her lead to trick or treat.
Rose chooses the theme every year for Halloween costumes. This year it was my little pony. She was rarity, dad was spike and mom was twilight sparkle. She stayed in character calling everybody "darling". So cute and we had fun. Next year she has already chosen for her to be applejack from my little pony.

Here is a picture from last year were she was belle and her dad was the beast from the Disney movie Beauty and the Beast.

We raised 400 dollars at Carson's Community Days!

Rose fundraising at Carson's Community Days

Our fundraising at Carson's Community Days was outstanding. We made so many new friends and received a good number of positive responses from people who wanted to help Rose. She did a great job engaging people and telling them what our fundraiser was about. Thank you to all who donated! We were able to raise 400 dollars yesterday and we could not have done it without you!

Extra special thanks to Tania Kothera who brought her son's service dog Chevy from 4 Paws for Ability. Also to Aw Yeah Comics for providing sketches of super pets and volunteering their time at Carson's.

Rose is asking for your help to donate, see her video

Click here to donate through FirstGiving. All donations go directly to 4 Paws for Ability on behalf on Rose.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Carson Community Days

We will be attending Carson's Community Days on October 26th from 12 to 4pm and November 8th from 4 to 6pm. Hawthorne Mall in Vernon Hills. Coupon books worth 10 dollars in savings will be able to purchase for 5 dollars. Carson's will be matching the funds that we raise for 4 Paws for Ability.

We will have two service dogs attending as well, Chevy (Golden Retriever) with the Kothera Family and Wrigley (Maltese) with Ms. King. Balloon swords and flowers will be available for kids. Come out and show your support!

Click here to learn more

Thursday, October 16, 2014

We got our first donation!

Thank you Sabrina and Ali Solomon!

Ali Solomon heard of our fundraiser at New York Comic Con. Here is a link to some of his work:

You're Super!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Rose and her stimming

Rose is autistic and does what is referred to as stimming (Self Stimulation Behavior). Hers happens to be chewing.. on anything she happens to have at the time. She doesn't realize she does it when it happens, its just natural to her. In acceptance of this we have gotten rose jewelry that is safe to chew on. I have to say I am impressed with the results of her focus on academics tasks while she is wearing her new jewelry.

Now if only she would stop losing them.

 If you are interested in finding some for you and yours these can be found on amazon. Advertised as teething necklaces fashionable to new moms. The chew tubes on a necklace work even better in our experience.

Big Thank You, Aw Yeah Comic's and Archie Publishing

Thank You for helping us get the word out for Rose's Fundraiser at New York Comic Con.

Rose dressed up as Sonic the Hedgehog

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Etsy Shop, Got Mittens?

We have an etsy shop open and all proceeds go to 4 paws for ability. It's getting cold, it's time for mittens and hats! Or perhaps a beard?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Feature Segment with Rose, ABC news

Last year Rose was chosen by TYGR (Therapy Yoga Gymanastics Rocks) to be a featured child during a news segment about their organization.

Going to see a leg specialist for Rose

Rose's IEP meeting was yesterday. They expressed concern on her inability to run like her classmates. The Physical therapist from her school mentioned that her knees come together when running. I'm very surprised that after 5 years of private Physical Therapy that this wasn't noticed before. I fear that Rose might have our family's genetic trait that resulted in my own major surgery on both hips at her age called femoral anteversion. I'll post more when I have news.

Help Rose get an Autism Service Dog

Please help our family with a goal of fundraising $14,000 so that Rose Hunzeker will be granted an Autism Service Dog.

 Rose was diagnosed at the age of 3 with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, a condition on the Autistic Spectrum. The first symptom that occurred with Rose was a severe delay in speech and hurting herself when she became upset. Since then our family has learned a lot about Autism. Occasionally she still regresses, losing skills that took months, or years, to acquire. She has the tendency to wander without alerting an adult and social awareness is something she struggles with. Self injurious behavior is still present with Rose when she becomes overwhelmed or frustrated. 

She loves animals, always wanting to play with her grandmother's pugs and help take care of them. This nurturing side of Rose has brought a special opportunity, a dog that could help her with her disability. An Autism Service Dog from 4 Paws for Ability, a non profit 501 (c) organization. As a parent witnessing their child hurting themselves to cope with over stimulation is heartbreaking. A service dog would be trained to provide a needed distraction for Rose when overwhelmed. Autism Service Dog's are also trained to track and alert others when Rose becomes distracted and wanders. She suffer's in academics unable to concentrate for more then 20 minutes at a time constantly getting up and wandering during class. A service dog would provide a calming effect that will result in staying at her desk during school. 

We ask that you donate to 4 Paws for Ability either through our dedicated page with first giving (click here) or directly to 4 Paws for Ability as a sponsor for Rose Hunzeker. When we meet our goal of $14,000 we can begin training a service dog just for Rose. These tax deductible donations will help our daughter in so many ways. 

Rose with a therapy dog from Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy