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UNI football player makes final donation for teen's service dog

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by Danielle Wagner

WATERLOO (KWWL) UNI football player Schuylar Oordt made the final donation to get a service dog for a Waterloo teenager.

We first told you about 16-year-old Julian in July. Julian suffered a traumatic brain injury after being shaken as a baby. His family needed to raise $13,000 to get him a service dog.

The family organized two fundraisers, but was still about $2700 short.

That's when Oordt showed up surprised Julian's mom with $2700.

"When a college student calls and says I want to make a donation, you're thinking ok, no problem, but Schuylar followed Julian's blog and made a contribution that finished off all of the fundraising. Shock is the best word," said Leah Morrison.

At the beginning of September, the family held a golfing fundraiser. One of the golf course employees is friends with Schuylar and told him about Julian.

"Just so happened this came up and it just clicked," said Schuylar Oordt of Cedar Falls.

The money he donated came from t-shirts sold in the community that a couple senior players designed.

"The seniors usually get to keep the profits and put it in their savings account in case they on to graduate school or stuff like that," said Oordt.

But Oordt said he knew early on he wanted to donate the money because he's been very fortunate and wanted to give back.

"I felt like this was the right thing to do. When you're put in a position where you have the ability to do something, you should take action and do it," said Oordt.

Thanks to Oordt and everyone else who donated, Julian will soon have his very own service dog.

"Thank you, and Julian understands and appreciates that," said Leah Morrison.

The money was turned into the dog service agency. It will take six to nine months for Julian to get a dog trained specifically for him.

To follow the progress, visit Julian's blog.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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