Epileptic boy’s book helps raise money for seizure dogs

by Rebecca on August 16, 2011

in Pet Talk

Image: Evan Moss

Courtesy Of The Moss Family

Evan Moss, who has epilepsy, wrote “My Seizure Dog” to help raise money for a dog trained to detect an oncoming seizure and alert his parents. The dog will cost $13,000.

By Rita Rubin

TODAY.com contributor

Evan Moss’ seizures come quietly in the night. When they strike, the 7-year-old’s parents have to give him medicine to make them stop — or risk brain damage. But to do that, they have to know they are happening. Lisa and Rob Moss live in fear of missing one.

The seizures are so silent that even if Rob and Lisa sleep in the next room with a baby monitor to listen, they can’t hear them, so Evan sleeps with them in their bed. “We go through life pretty much not well-rested and with a strong addiction to caffeine,” says Lisa Moss.

But a service dog, specially trained to detect seizures and alert Evan’s parents could help insure that Rob and Lisa don’t miss a seizure, and also make it possible for Evan to sleep in how own bed.  The catch? A dog like that costs about $13,000.

As almost an afterthought, they came up with the idea of self-publishing a short book Evan had written as part of his application for the dog. Initially, they modestly hoped maybe they could sell 150 at $10 apiece. But Evan has now sold 10 times that many copies of the 26-page “My Seizure Dog” and counting. As it turns out, none of the profits from book sales needs to go toward the cost of the dog, because donations alone have topped $26,000 — more than twice what the Alexandria, Va., boy Evan needed for his dog. The additional thousands of dollars, plus proceeds from the book, will make up the difference between what four other children’s families have raised and the cost of their service dogs.

To read more see: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/44150861/ns/today-today_health/

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