Shoe drive raises funds for toddler diagnosed with autism

Shoe drive raises funds for toddler diagnosed with autism

TROY — Tucker Leitschuh is approximately 2 yrs previous and has two sassy sisters, a head complete of curls and huge blue eyes.

Tucker also has a the latest prognosis of autism spectrum disorder, and his parents, in partnership with 4 Paws for Means, are accomplishing a shoe selection travel by May perhaps 6 to raise resources to deliver an autism aid pet for him. Their aim is to accumulate at least 100 baggage of new or carefully worn sneakers.

Tucker is portion of a established of triplets and will turn 2 on May 23 together with his sisters, Gemma and Piper. He also has a 10-yr-aged brother named Liam.

The autism diagnosis was built in January immediately after Tucker begun displaying signals of regression in his development when he was 13 months old.

“He stopped responding to his title and stopped waving and clapping and wanting at men and women,” claimed Tucker’s mom Angelina Leitschuh, a nurse practitioner from Troy. “He missing all his social abilities. He experienced strike lots of milestones and then they all went away.”

Considering the fact that prognosis, Tucker has been ready to get entry and get started procedure by several various therapies like occupational, speech and developmental treatment to aid maximize his means to connect with many others. 

“We’re delighted to say that he’s improving upon and even gaining again some of the techniques he misplaced. These advancements have been encouraging, but we nevertheless have a prolonged highway ahead,” Leitschuh reported.

“He’s so younger that we do not definitely know in which he’s likely to drop (in the autism spectrum). He is nonverbal, but we hope he gains verbal communication competencies.”

Leitschuh and her husband Jeremy have continued to operate with Tucker’s staff of therapists and medical practitioners to explore each alternative that can assistance him live a safe and a lot more normal existence.

By their investigate, they discovered 4 Paws for Skill and its autism assistance canine software. To make this aspiration a fact for Tucker, they have been tasked with increasing $20,000 of the whole $40,000 to $60,000 price tag.

For another person who has an ASD diagnosis, an autism assistance dog provides:

  • Activity trained assistance with calming, comforting, and redirecting
  • Help when items get overpowering
  • Safe and sound sensory stimulation
  • Improved independence

“If we want to pursue the puppy heading to university with Tucker inevitably, it is anything that would be possible,” Leitschuh explained.

As part of the 4 Paws for Capability partnership, Angelina and Jeremy can acquire new or gently worn shoes as a fundraiser. They are at the moment at 50 of the 100-bag goal.

“The shoe collection drive is recommended by 4 Paws for Skill and it’s anything they have a whole lot of households do,” Angelina reported. “I acquire all the footwear and market it and when they pick up the sneakers, the money that is earned from them goes right to 4 Paws to reward Tucker.

“It’s not asking for income, which a large amount of men and women are hesitant to do, and it is quick to donate sneakers. Our minimum amount goal is to obtain 100 bags of shoes and something above that is far more cash that go to Tucker.”

Dropoff places for shoes include:

  • What the Cup?, 7640 Plummer Company Generate in Troy
  • Tri-Township Library, 209 S. Primary St. in Troy
  • Bulldog Barber Store, 1008 Laurel St. in Highland
  • Edwardsville Pet Clinic, 423 S. Buchanan St. in Edwardsville

Men’s, women’s or children’s footwear can be donated (no skates or cleats), and pickup can be arranged for group donations.

Footwear collected are donated to all those in require by Cash2Org#microenterprise.

“We want Tucker to be ready to expertise distinct situations safely like any other child with and without having ASD,” Leitschuh said. “Our aspiration is for Tucker to be satisfied and practical experience lifestyle to the fullest, and a company pet dog is the to start with step in that way.

“4 Paws for Potential has accepted us into their software and with support (and possibly some luck), we’ll be able to make this occur for Tucker.”

Tucker has his own Facebook web page for the fundraiser, and his have website page on 4 Paws for Ability’s web-site. To discover more about 4 Paws for Capability, log on to

For far more facts, visit 4 Paws for Tucker on Fb or Tucker’s 4 Paws website page.

“We’re carrying out other fundraisers as very well, but the shoe drive is the massive 1,” Leitschuh claimed.