For a seven-year-old boy, life can be fun and adventurous – school during the day, sports and other activities on nights and weekends, and lots of playtime with family and friends. But imagine being a boy who can’t do any of those things, because they are too dangerous for you. This was exactly the case for young Evan Moss – due to a severe form of epilepsy, he couldn’t do the things other kids his age enjoyed. Wanting to help Evan live a normal life, his family found out that if he had a seizure dog, it could detect his seizures so that he could live much more normally. However, they couldn’t afford such a dog, so they came up with a creative plan…..
To raise money for a seizure dog, Evan wrote a book telling the world just how great his life could be if only he had such a dog! The book, called My Seizure Dog, was published by Amazon, and sales took off! The end result was that Evan raised enough money not only for his own seizure dog, Mindy, but also for seven other kids like himself get seizure dogs of their own!
In this video, Evan and his mom talk about the success of Evan’s book.
- Here is an article that tells all about Evan and his inspirational story.
- Here is another IMK post about dogs who help disabled veterans!
Topics for Discussion:
- How do you think Mindy is able to be so good at detecting and warning about Evan’s seizures?
- Do you know anyone with epilepsy? How does epilepsy make their life different from yours?
- Visit the Amazon page for Evan’s book, My Seizure Dog, to buy it and help Evan’s cause!
- Visit the website for Seizure Tracker, a program created by the Mosses that helps caregivers of kids with epilepsy with their daily monitoring!
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.