On Wednesday, Ellie Steimer and her family were $2,718.46 closer to their dream of owning a service dog.
That’s because of a woman named Beatrice Timmerman, who learned that the 6-year-old with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy needed a service dog to help her with every day life.
According to The Denver Channel, who reported the story, Timmerman organized “Ellie’s Night” at the Blue Collar Steakhouse in Sterling, Colorado, on Wednesday night with all proceeds going toward a dog fund. That day, the family became $2,718.46 closer to their goal, according to a First Giving page.
Diagnosed in 2012, Ellie could use a service dog from the Ohio-based 4 Paws for Ability — which costs over $22,000 to raise and train — in so many ways, the donation page says, including mobility assistance, seizure alert and behavior modification.
“When she is nervous or fighting during an appointment, the dog can sit close or even on top of her to soothe and calm,” a message on the page says. “The dog could also help Ellie be more grounded in a group setting, which is right now almost impossible as she doesn’t sit still or focus well at all in that type of situation.”
The dog will also help Steimer be more independent since a bar will be mounted to the pup’s vest to provide “balance support and stability, thus also providing independence as she won’t have to hold mommy’s or daddy’s hand as much!”
So far, $7,683 of the $15,000 goal has been raised because of the help of people just like Timmerman, who heard the story and were compelled to do something.
“Dear Ellie and family, I don’t know you, but I love you all,” says a FirstGiving message with a $50 donation on Thursday. “What strength and bravery you all have.”