"My heart froze," Lange told The Record. "What can we do about it?"
The family had a revelation when Hadley Jo was at her babysitter’s home. A German shepherd was trying to pull the child to the floor, Lange said. The dog apparently detected the onset of a seizure and was trying to get the child safely onto the floor before a convulsion could knock her down and cause an injury.
"That was a turning point," Lange told The Record.
Lange began researching service dogs and settled upon Ariel. Seeing the dog honored in Hadley Jo’s yearbook was a happy moment, she said.
"We are beyond blessed to attend a school that is truly inclusive and accepting of others that may not look like everyone else. It means the world to see your child's happiness and acceptance, Lange wrote on Facebook. "It means the world to see your child have a home and 'a family' at her school that love her like we do."