HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) — A local teen has taken it upon herself to help raise money for a little boy in need of a service dog.
Seventeen-year-old Haley Helton has organized a donation only car wash to raise money for little Jesse who has a rare brain defect.
Jesse has Schizencephaly, which has also caused spastic, quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy, difficulty talking and swallowing, seizures, mild hearing loss, and a host of other conditions. Jesse undergoes five to seven hours of therapy a week. As Jesse gets older, he’ll need more assistance and needs a service dog.
Haley heard about Jesse’s story and rounded up some volunteers to help raise money.
“Because I really like reaching out and helping people and it makes— I feel like making a difference is a really big deal. Like if you could reach out to somebody, why wouldn’t you help someone if you could,” the car wash organizer explained.
The car wash took place Saturday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the corner of Taylorsville Road and Old Troy Pike in Huber Heights.
In the first hour, organizers said they’ve raised about $200. The Burns’ family needs $14,000 to buy the service dog.
Helton said the dog would be a great addition to Burns’ therapy and consistent help from family and friends.
“He’s stuck in a wheel chair and he can’t really speak very well but he does signs and kind of the scoots around on the ground for when his family cant be there or when he’s just at home so the dog can turn on lights and detect anything that’s wrong.”
They hope to raise enough money to help Jesse in his journey to independence.
To donate, visit this website.