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Paws 4 Elijah

Elijah Knab

Elijah’s smiling face carries his family through the darkest of days while they wait for a diagnosis of his life-changing neurological illness.


Elijah Knab, 16, is a well-adjusted student at Dickson High School Dickson, Tennessee. Elijah has a promising future developing his passion for video game creation. As with all teens Elijah enjoys hanging out with his friends and playing video games. Elijah is the same as any student at Dickson High School with one exception; Elijah lives with idiopathic generalized seizures.

At the tender age of 5, Elijah developed epileptic seizures with no known cause. Now at the age when every young man is excited to be driving, Elijah’s seizures have increased and are numbering dozens an hour and are severe enough to alter his independence as a young man. His epileptologist, Dr. Pina-Garza (Vanderbilt Pediatric Epileptologist) is working hard to find an answer for his family and a cure for Elijah. Meanwhile, Dr. Garza suggests it is in Elijah’s best interest, for safety and independence, to obtain a seizure aid canine.

What can a seizure aid canine do to provide independence for Elijah? Service dogs, officially provided to National Seizure Disorders Foundation are trained  to provide service and emergency needs for patients with seizures and other life-altering conditions. The canine will be trained to alert Elijah before seizure activity begins and take action to ensure Elijah’s safety and well being.

Elijah’s hard-working mother, Crystal Hinson, now needs our help to provide Elijah with the canine that will allow him independence while helping him manage his conditions.  Working with National Seizure Disorders Foundation, Crystal has set a goal of $6,000 to purchase a well-trained service dog and provide quality care for the lifetime of the dog. National Seizure Disorders Foundation’s staff of volunteers nationwide will raise the needed amount in order to provide  Elijah and 99 other patients with the seizure aide canine specifically trained to meet each patients needs.

As all families with seizure patients do, Elijah’s family works hard to provide basic needs. Bombarded by unexpected medical bills.  Daily medications, recurring expensive tests, trips to Nashville to the doctor — it all adds up.

What can you do?

You can give today.

  • Donate any dollar amount into the “Paws 4 Elijah” account Bank of Dickson, Dickson Tennessee,
  • use the donate button on this site for most convenient donating.

For more information on seizures, seizure disorders, or
National Seizure Disorders Foundation contact Tonya by leaving a comment today. One person does make a difference. You can prove that fact today. You can be that person.

On behalf of Elijah’s family and friends and the staff of National Seizure Disorders Foundation, I thank you and extend a hand of help should you ever find yourself or a loved one in a similar situation.

Although we walk this journey we are not afraid because together we are victorious and not alone. – Terrific Tonya Heathco, NSDF

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