fundraiser for Injured Officer - Brandon Holiday
I wanted to send my sincerest thank yous to everyone who has helped me on this journey so far. With your help, $2,583 has been raised towards assisting me with K9/Service dog training. I still need help with raising $7,244 to go to finish training. I have already paid $12,500 in addition to the money raised which has been used for my dog and some training classes. Now, I need help to raise the remaining amount 7,244 which will cover my last two schools and training tools needed for the end of Augusts training, October and January's instructor and certification class. Then I can begin to work as a handler and team for explosives. I can't do this without your help. Below is my personal story and please feel free to share
I have learned that when you are in a time of need, all you have to do is ask and there is someone there who is reaching to lift you. After being injured as a police officer, a further medical complication from systemic lupus resulted in the loss of my leg below the knee. I found myself at a crossroads and not knowing what direction my life was supposed to take. I was unable to work and struggling to find my identity again. Through hard work, I decided to persevere. Drawing every ounce of strength that I had, I fought through 10 heart attacks, clots in my lungs, and skin grafts. Thanks to the love of my family, I’ve gained power through my passion for adaptive sports.
My service dog, Dyson has truly been a lifesaver and only enhanced my appreciation for Susquehanna Service Dogs. Dyson truly has provided me with more freedom and independence far beyond I ever imagined. I've experienced so many positive changes by having him around. These include an increase in my activity level and more importantly, a great source of emotional support. Dyson will be retiring soon, and a new canine companion will be joining me.
My plan moving forward is to start K9 training with my new service dog named Valor as a working K9 unit. Through the graciousness the 14th Hour Foundation and Kris Paronto (aka ‘Tanto’), Valor was purchased for me during my training.
This training starts next month, May 2019 and Detection Dog Trainer classes begin in June. Master Trainer, Mike Suttle will be one of the trainers that I will have the opportunity to work with and I need to attend his training. He is one of the highest caliber trainers in the United States in his field and this is his last class for the entire year. If I get the opportunity to complete my training in May and June, I will also be able to take my explosive dog team odor recognition testing which would allow me to start working again as a handler and trainer.
Here’s the ask. I thought I had secured the funding for the training classes but received bad news that the state vocational rehab has run out of funds. The costs of this K9 training is $11,774.00 and without the help of my supporters and their gift donations, I would not be able to pursue my efforts to work in this field. Given that I only have a short time left to raise the funds I need, I am reaching out for your help so that I can serve again and make a difference.
I want to start working again and give back to the community in a positive way. Through this training, I would be able to work as an Explosive Detection contractor which would provide me with a steady income and the ability to do my community service through the non-profit. Please help me fulfill my dream and spread the word about this cause.
Thank you so much for your time and consideration.
Learn more about my non-profit, Athletes with Disabilities Network Northeast (www.adnnec.org). A program where I help others with their physical and cognitive challenges, mentoring, outreach and adaptive sports. The communities that work through my non-profit make me feel so proud knowing that we are helping veterans and first responders who are injured.
K9 Handler and Trainer Certification Training Cost Detection Trainers Course = $4,000.00
K9 Handler training Certification Testing = $2,400.00
Spotlight K9 Training = $3,000.00
Housing in Lewisberg, WVA = $1,600.00
Equipment Scentlogix Explosives Kits = $,1854.00
Boarding During Training = $320.00
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Mail Donations To PO Box 612, Moorestown, NJ 08057
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