A message from Aimee Copeland:
Paws for Aimee Dog Friendly 5K & Music Festival
All proceeds will go towards providing Aimee Copeland with her medical service dog Belle!
This event takes place at:
Little Tallapoosa Park
1930 Highway 113
Carrollton, GA 30117
New additions to this Saturday's 1st annual 5k & Music Festival:
- Live bands
- Tie dye theme 5k w/ 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies
- men's category
- women's category
- men's masters overall (over 40) trophy
- women's masters overall (over 40) trophy
- Participation medals for 5k and Fun Run
- 5k runners/walkers and Fun Run (dog and family casual stroll participants)
- Dog costume contest and games by Petsmart
- Push up and plank challenge by ReeseFit
- Landmark Barbeque food and beverage vendor
- 302 South Street food and beverage vendor
- Genki Noodles and Sushi food and beverage vendor
- Massages and crazy hair styling by Indulge Salon and Day Spa
- Tie dye station
- Tickled Pink Petting Zoo bringing animals for live interaction
- Face painting and temporary tattoos by Laurie
- Trendy clothes for sale by Clothesline
- PSD Academy & Registry providing information on service dogs and service dog training
- Aimee Copeland and Belle will be there for a meet and greet and photos.
Registration for 5k and stroll at 8am, $30.
Festival is FREE; donations welcomed.
Event runs from 8am to 3pm.
It's going to be a fun day with a lot of great activities and entertainment for everyone both 2 and 4 legged!
We are looking forward to seeing everyone there!
If you are interested in sponsoring or being a vendor at this event,
please contact us at (800) 573-0150 ext. 5.
If participants wish to bring their dog, they will:
- Bring a copy of your dog's vaccination records showing rabies and distemper shots
- Sign a liability waiver and agreement
- Dog must be on a non-retractable leash, no longer than 6 feet
- Take dogs to the designated "potty stations"
- Clean up after their pet
- No agressive dogs
Understand that owners can be asked to remove the dog from the premises for improper or impolite canine behavior or due to owners not following the rules.
Aimee Copeland is a free-spirited, 25 year old graduate student at the University of West Georgia.
Last spring Aimee developed a near fatal case of a rare, flesh-eating bacteria after cutting her leg on a rock in the Tallapoosa River. The infection led to the loss of both Aimee's hands and feet, as well as her entire left leg. After 5 months in the hospital and countless hours of physical therapy, she is now driving and learns to be more independent every day. Aimee hopes to walk again before the end of the year.
Right now Aimee is gearing up to graduate with her Masters degree in psychology, and begins a second Masters in social work at Valdosta State this fall. Her dream is to help other individuals with disabilities overcome physical and emotional obstacles by focusing on holistic methods of healing such as wilderness therapy.
Aimee is a spokeswoman for FODAC (Friends of Disabled Adults and Children) and has also appeared at benefits for other charitable organizations, such as Wellspring Living and The Salvation Army.
About Her Service Dog, Belle
PSD Academy & Registry is providing Aimee with a trained medical service dog named Belle to assist her in her daily life. Belle is a female labradoodle that our team has been training for almost a year. She has a wonderful temperament, loving disposition, and is full of energy. Belle will be a wonderful match for Aimee.
The tasks that Belle will be trained to do are:
- Turning on and off lights
- Opening and closing interior doors
- Opening a designated refrigerator and retrieving needed items
- Daily schedule reminders
- Retrieving needed objects
- Mobility and balance assistance
- Medical alert
- Picking up dropped objects
- Pain relief