A Haughton family is raising money to purchase a seizure assistance dog for their 15-month-old daughter.
Addison “Addie” Rose Knighton was born Dec. 8, 2014. At two days old, her parents noticed what looked like a newborn twitch. Something told her parents something was wrong.
At a follow up appointment, Addie’s pediatrician admitted her into the hospital for tests and blood work.
When the results came back, the doctor confirmed that Addie was in fact having seizures. The family found a pediatrician in Texas who told them she would outgrow them.
Unfortunately, the seizures became more frequent and stronger with time.
Around three months old, Addie was officially diagnosed with epilepsy. Over the next 10 months, Addie had many tests done and medication changes. Doctors have said surgery is not an option for her near future.
Currently, Addie endures an average of 10 complex partial seizures daily with no help from medication. Her family remains hopeful that she will one day “outgrow” the seizures and have promised to work diligently with neurologists and geneticists to find a treatment.
They are now looking to purchase a seizure assistance dog for Addie. The family says the specially trained dog will help improve her quality of life and safety by assisting her through seizures – breaking falls, bracing her, keeping objects out of the way that could further injure her and providing comfort.
The dog will be trained to retrieve rescue medication if needed, to alert an adult when she seizes and will rescue her from a swimming pool or body of water if necessary. The dog will also serve as another set of eyes and give her the confidence she needs as she gets older.
Addie’s seizure dog will cost the family $15,000. They are currently holding fundraisers, raffle drawings and have set up a GoFundMe page to help with the costs.
A fundraiser will be held Tuesday, March 8, at the Hot Wheels Skating Palace in Bossier City from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 pre-sale or can be purchased at the door. There will be special appearances from Queen Elsa, Princess Belle and Spider-Man. Hot Wheels Skating Palace is located at 3000 Old Minden Road.
Monetary donations can be made directly to the family, via www.gofundme.com/btkyk9u4, or to Noelle’s Dogs Four Hope in Addison’s name; their address is:
15954 Jackson Creek Parkway
Suite B, PMB #453
Monument, CO 80132
Their Tax ID number is 33-1217134.
If you are wanting to donate an item for the raffle being held, please contact Brittany Knighton (Mother) at 318-426-3547, Hunter Knighton (Father) 318-464-4053, Robyn Knighton (Grandmother) 318-464-1516, or Carrie Roberts (Grandmother) 318-918-4954.
To find out more about Addison and her journey, visit her Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AddieRoseWarrior/