Callie Frese, age 5, the daughter of Andy and Crissy Frese of Quincy, has Cerebral Palsy. She is in need of a service dog to help with lots of things — helping to guide her wheelchair, pick up anything she may have dropped, providing comfort and a calming sense for the child, etc. But there is one thing the guide dog can do that is invaluable: it can sense seizure activity in Callie before it happens. This advance notice will help give the family or caregiver valuable time to prepare medicine needed immediately following a seizure and give time to ensure Callie is in a safe position and as comfortable as possible during and after the seizure.

As you might imagine, the cost for a service dog of this type can run well into the tens of thousands of dollars. That’s where the community comes in. A fundraiser is being planned at the Knights of Columbus on S. 36th in Quincy on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a garage sale, gun raffle, and much more. Air Evac will be on hand as well.

If you can't be there and would still like to make a donation or find out more information, please call Crissy Frese at 217-617-2475.