A Different Kind of CrossFit Dog

Some background.

Levi Vernon is eight-years-old and has Down Syndrome. He is mostly non-verbal and doesn’t have a strong sense of awareness. He gets lost often in public places so his mom, April, reached out to get Levi a service dog.

A great help for Levi.

They were approved for a service dog through 4 Paws for Ability in Xenia, OH. Levi’s dog will train for search and rescue in case he ever gets lost and in many other helpful duties to make sure Levi stays out of harm’s way.

The full cost of the dog is between $40,000 and $60,000, and Levi’s family is responsible for $17,000 of this cost. April started a fundraiser to get the funds for her son’s service dog.

That’s where CrossFit comes in.

CrossFit Strode Station Founder Josh Tackett said he saw Levi’s fundraiser on Facebook and knew he had to help in some way. “We saw this fundraiser for Levi online, and it really moved us. This little boy is in desperate need of a service dog, but even with help, the family is still responsible for $17,000 of the cost. Help us get Levi the help he needs, and have fun while doing it.”

Serving their own community.

On top of a fundraiser WOD, CrossFit Strode Station also held a silent auction with a minimum bid of $25 on each for items like a three-month CrossFit membership and other local vendors that donated their time and services.

“We want to build a healthier community and help people who need it,” Tackett said. “I saw an opportunity to do something and wanted to take advantage.”

From Morning Chalk Up


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