Lincoln resident and UNL instructor Brittney Riley suffers from a disorder that can cause sudden falls and decreased energy.
She needs to raise money for a service dog that will help her live her life. In 2007, Riley began to show signs of illness that made it hard for her to hold down food.
In 2011, she was diagnosed with a genetic disorder that causes muscle weakness and spasms, affecting her balance and overall energy.
She was studying to become a vetinarian but the symptoms made it difficult and by the end she needed a feeding tube to get through school.
"I was a runner, I ran half marathons, 5 k's, 3 k's are my favorite, and I did one triathlon um but as the disease progressed I lost the ability to run about 3 years ago. Which is one of my favorite things to do," Riley said.
The time Riley can now spend on her feet has become limited.
She's teamed up with the local non–profit organization Domesti–pups to improve her way of life.
"My new service dog will help me with balance. Going up and down the stairs, which is important because where I live I have stairs. Um also just letting me walk longer distances."
The dogs are trained by inmates at Lincoln's Correctional Center before being matched with people in need. Domesti–pups set up a donation page at red basket to raise the $12,000 Riley needs to get her new companion.
She says she won't let this disorder shatter her dreams.
"I have a lot of hopes for getting better mobility and getting back to running and being more active. My biggest dream is doing an iron man in idaho, I already picked one. I don't know how soon I can do that, or if I can do it, but I still want to do it."
A service dog will give her the confidence to go out and do the things she loves.