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Evan Moss update: Hundreds turn out, thousands raised

Evan Moss, 7, sold 150 copies of his book "My Seizure Dog" Sunday, and his mother said he signed every one of them. (Jesse Snyder Photography)

The Post reported Friday that Moss needed $13,000 to buy a service dog that will help him when he suffers severe epileptic seizures. He had the idea to write a book, and it quickly sold out Sunday. On Saturday, dozens of Post readers e-mailed asking how they could help, including one who offered to pay the balance of what wasn’t raised at the book sale.

Evan Moss meets a seizure dog at his book signing at Grounded Coffee in the Alexandria area Sunday. (Eliza Hokanson)

A seizure dog often can detect a particular scent emanating from a person’s body before they have a seizure, then alert the person, allowing them to get to a safe place. The dog can also alert a child’s parents that a seizure is happening, and serve as a tether or guide for a child in crowded areas.

The book is basically Evan’s view of how a seizure dog works and how he will live with one. He did the illustrations, and his mother typed up his prose.

“It was amazing,” family friend Bob Kohm said of the book-signing, “this outpouring from the community to support Evan. People waited outside in a line that stretched 100 yards at points in the heat with nothing but smiles and great energy.”

Note: Some moron blogger did not include the information about where you can send help in the original post. It’s 4 Paws for Ability, Fund for Evan Moss, 253 Dayton Ave., Xenia, Ohio 45385. Make checks payable to 4 Paws for Ability.

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.


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