Camden County teen starts foundation raising funds for local K-9 Unit

courtesy of 1 Boy 4 Change
Chris Carswell was in third grade when he was diagnosed with epilepsy.  He has been suffering since birth many years with treatments and brain surgeries, but his love of law enforcement and helping others have given him passion to get through his trials.
News4Jax author Kamrel Eppinger first reported on this story.
“In the middle of third grade I was eating lunch and suffered a stroke,”Carswell said. “I also suffered a series of grand mal seizures and after that was diagnosed with epilepsy.”

“I’ve always had a love for law enforcement, the K-9 has always had a special place for me,” he said.

When Carswell was 13, he started his own non-profit foundation, 1 Boy 4 Change. as a means to help others and support his local law enforcement.  His donations and the foundation have been used for law enforcement everywhere.

He has raised thousands of dollars to purchase and install more than 50 heat alarms for K-9 officers across the nation. Three of them are currently being used by the Camden County Sheriffs Office.

“The heat alarms donated by Chris has saved three dogs on 7 different occasions,” Sergeant Rob Avedisian said.  The Sheriff’s office is touched by this young man’s actions.

The heat alarms are installed inside the police vehicles.  If the K-9 vehicle reaches a certain temperature, the officers are immediately notified.  The windows automatically come down, a fan turns on and the cars theft alarms sounds off.

“Every single one of our dogs has its own heat alarms and now because of his foundation has its own medical kit too. Think of it like EMS bag for humans well this is a EMS kit for dogs,” Avedisian said.

Chris lives the mission of his foundation everyday.  As a young man who struggles with life challenging medical complications, he wishes to bring less hardship and more comfort to those that serve to protect us- the K-9 units.

To donate to Chris’ foundation visit

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Carrie Magalski
Carrie Magalski is the Media and Public Relations Contact for All on Georgia- Glynn County. A speaker and the author of "Heaven's Angels" book, her inspiring articles, writings and radio interviews are featured in various multi-media venues. Her leadership roles encompasses higher education, broadcast communications, business, and corporate trainings through Coastal Pines Technical College. She is a seasoned professional with excellent relationship building skills and creates and enhances strategic growth through partnerships with community, corporate and governmental agencies through various multimedia modalities. She is the owner of Immersion Enterprises, LLC- which provides corporate trainings, PR and marketing, as well as ecotourism and experiential education services through Turtle Tides Amelia. Carrie serves on the Board of Directors of Back in His Arms Again, a ministry that helps families suffering from infant loss.


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