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Mother hopes to get seizure-prone toddler son a service dog

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The crew at this firehouse knows little Grayson on a first name basis. The crew at this firehouse knows little Grayson on a first name basis.
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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

"911 What is your emergency?"  "My son is having a seizure." 

It's a call that has become so familiar for Jordan Weidmer and so have the faces that go with it. 

"Probably six months ago we started going there on a weekly basis," says Capt. Brian Treffery of Spokane Valley Fire Dist. 5.   The crew at that firehouse knows little Grayson on a first name basis.    

"He's a bright cheery little kid," says Capt. Treffery. 

They've also seen Grayson at his worst.  He has severe epilepsy and has had seizures his entire life.  "Four hours after he was born he had his first seizure," says his mother Jordan Weidmer.    "He's been put into a medically induced coma once, he's been hospitalized 29 times for it and he's only 16 months old." 

Weidmer cares for Grayson full time and as he's gotten older, his condition has gotten worse.  He was hospitalized again just two weeks ago.   

"Recently he's developed nocturnal seizures so he's seizes while he's sleeping," says Weidmer.  "It's very life threatening and it puts him at risk of something called unexplained death in epilepsy."

She's hoping to get her son a service dog.  The non-profit, Four Paws for Ability has placed more than a thousand dogs with children with disabilities and veterans.  They can even train dogs to alert for seizures. 

For Jordan and Grayson, that could change their lives. 

"It would make life a lot easier and less stressful for him and for me," says Weidmer.  "Putting him to bed at night is pretty much the worst part of my day because you don't know what's going to happen while he's sleeping."

There is a fund set up for Grayson through Four Paws for Ability.  The goal is $15,000 and once that goal is reached the organization will begin training for his service dog.  Once the training is complete the family will get the dog.   

You can donate to Grayson here : www.donateforgrayson.com

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