Dog walking business gets large donation

Nancy and Carl McDonald of Moline donated $2000 to a small dog walking business, started by four 5th graders to raise money towards a therapy dog for a girl with Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

It all started when Nancy saw our exclusive story on Wednesday.  To view the story, click here.  http://wqad.com/2012/03/21/four-girls-start-business-to-buy-therapy-dog/

Six year old, Madi Ramirez has SMA and her family thinks she would benefit greatly from a therapy/service dog.  Her mother, Megan shared with her fifth grade class at Roosevelt Elementary that they one day dreamed of a companion for Madi.  That’s when four girls decided to start a dog walking business to raise money to buy her a service dog.

The story touched Nancy and she immediately called the station to be connected with the Ramirez family.  With four dogs of her own, she had an idea to help out.

Nancy had the girls walk her dogs.  Four girls, four dogs. Then, with tears in her eyes she gave Megan a check for $2000.

“We just felt this companion animal was going to be such an integral part of Madi’s ongoing health care and they are going to take care of each other.  It’s going to be her best friend.  We just couldn’t think of anything better to help with,” Nancy tells us.

Nancy is not the only generous person looking to help the four entrepreneurs and the Ramirez family.  They have received calls and donations from people across the country and even from Canada.

With this donation from Nancy, the girls have raised close to $5000 so far.  They plan to continue walking dogs until they have enough.

If you would like to help, you can donate through Paypal at https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=W8BEZKEVMTG8N.