Community begins to rally around 4-year-old in need of a service dog

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) –  Everett Bradford is an amazing four-year-old. He plays baseball, performs, and loves his pets and family.

Everett was born with spina bifida, a congenital condition where an opening in his spine never fully closed and caused nerve damage, and can’t walk on his own.

He was also born with hydrocephalus and Arnold-Chiari brain malformation, and has some sensory-processing problems. His first surgery, to repair his back, happened when he was 12 hours old. Since then, he has had 12 more surgeries and spent months in and out of hospitals, according to an article on Everett on our news partner Huntsville Times/’s website.

Everett is able to use braces and a walker to get around, but a service dog could help Everett live a more active lifestyle. The service dog could carry medical supplies, help him pick up fallen items, and even alert someone if Everett ever needs medical attention.

Insurance does not cover the $10,000 service dog training.

If you are interested in helping Everett raise funds for a service dog visit our website, you can visit his gofundme page by clicking here.


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