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Local Mansfield Girl Needs Funds for Service Dog, Asks for Shoes

Jul 25, 2017 07:06PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Emma Lasater. Courtesy of

13-year-old Emma Lasater is a local Mansfield, Texas girl who was diagnosed with several different hindering conditions.

According to her fundraising page, "Emma has several genetic conditions that makes every day "normal" activities difficult. She suffers from hemiplegic migraines which mimic a stroke & one attack can last minutes to months varying in intensity from mild confusion, slurred speech all the way to coma. She has a "floppy" ankle that She has to use an air cast with if She is doing a lot of walking. She has 3 types of seizures (occipital lobe, right frontal lobe, and generalized). She also has episodic ataxia which can leave her unresponsive state for several hours."

Because of these conditions, Emma switches between walking, a walker, and a wheelchair. This all depends on how she is doing physically, and how dizzy she is feeling. "
Emma's conditions will worsen as she ages so providing her with a service dog will help her day to day be easier." The service dog will help alert her when a seizure is coming on.

But where do the shoes come in?

Funds2Orgs is a company that donates gently used shoes to those in need, and they give 40 cents for every pound of shoes. Emma and her mother, Brandy, wanted to give to others while also raising the necessary $19,000 to get the service dog. 

As a result, the community has been rallying to help them get shoes to donate. And you can too! 

If you want to help Emma, you can ship your donations in her name. For more information on where to drop off or how to donate, check out the sites and Facebook pages. 

You can also donate directly to Emma to help her on her way to a service dog. 

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