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August 16, 2013

Fundraiser to purchase seizure dog slated at Garber City Park

ENID, Okla. — A fundraiser to help pay for the cost of a seizure dog is planned for a Garber teen Aug. 24 at Garber City Park.

Madison Powell, 13, suffers from epilepsy and cerebral palsy and is subject to three different types of seizures, said her father, Roy Powell. Powell originally is from Garber and currently is a member of U.S. military stationed in Fort Carson, Colo.

The cost of a seizure dog is $10,000. The dog is being purchased from Mountain High Service Dogs in Palmer Lake, Colo.

“Madison has had this all of her life. Her first seizure was about 12 to 18 months,” he said. “Military insurance won’t pay for it.”

In order to start Madison working with the dog, 15 percent of the purchase amount must be paid. Powell said he has raised about 20 percent of the money and is hoping to raise the remaining amount to pay off the dog. Representatives of the service dog company will be in Garber at the fundraiser to accept the down payment and present the dog.

“We’re hoping to raise the whole $10,000,” he said.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. with registration for the one-mile walk in Garber, followed by a barbecue lunch. Activities in the park include inflatables, a dunk tank, a silent auction, clowns and DJ karaoke.

“I will be up all night the night before cooking at the park,” Powell said.

He plans to cook 400 pounds of meat, including some donated brisket from his competition barbecue team.

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