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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal-Related, Animals, Health, Health Care, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Our mission at "1 Boy 4 Change" is to be an agent and catalyst of change - change in the way we see ourselves, our community, and our world - by "paying it forward", raising awareness, and providing assistance and hope for individuals and families with disabilities; as well as by providing support for the dedicated individuals who protect us at home and abroad.

Target demographics: soldiers, kids and adults with chronic or life-threatening illnesses

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 50 police K9 teams, sent over 200 cups of coffee to soldiers, and 30 participants in Warrior Beads!

Geographic areas served: Brunswick, Georgia but serve the United States and International

Programs: Coffee for soldiers Warrior Beads to tell their medical journey

Community Stories

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't even begin to thank 1Boy4Change for all the encouragement he brings to myself and others. First of all, I'm amazed that he does this completely by himself. I know it takes a lot of time and dedication, especially for someone who also has chronic illnesses. When I applied for my warrior beads, I was having a tough time coming to terms with the many diagnosis's I had recently received. What Chris does makes it very obvious that I'm not alone in my battle. Each color or type of bead represents something different in my medical journey. I was astonished when I received them and saw just how many there were. I now hang them on my IV pole when I do my infusions. It reminds me just how far I've come and just how strong I am. I now keep count of things so I can apply for more beads in the future. None of this would be possible without donations and the generosity of others! Thanks again, my warrior beads are the best!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The beads make me feel like a warrior. I have so many and I'm still here, like.. Look how far I've come in life and I'm still smiling. He's doing an amazing thing for people with illnesses and disabilities. I love this!

Client Served

Rating: 5

An incredible charity run by an amazing young man. The warrior bead program enables people battling their own medical conditions to tell their story. Each bead represents courage and strength. They mean so much to the people who receive them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Chris nonprofit, 1 Boy 4 Change, helped me train and test my Service Dog. My Service Dog alerts me to low blood sugar. I am a diabetic, on insulin for 46 years, and can no longer tell if I am high or low. This is called hyperinsensitivity. SD Jade is very visible in our community and recently had her picture in the paper.

Helene H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After being ill for a little while and then diagnosed with Loeys-Dietz Syndrome type 1 I find that 1Boy4Change and his bead program helped me get thru a few rough times by showing me what a true warrior I am. Although I will never be healthy and have to constantly go in for tests, labs and most recently open heart surgery; Chris, you have made a change in my life while I cover some ground!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you 1boy4change to help me thru my journey with Loeyz-Dietz Syndrome. You have given me something tangible to look back on to see my accomplishment and something to look forward to each time I overtake a battle. Those beads mean more to me more than you'll ever know!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Warrior beads have been amazing, they put a positive spin on something that's usually so negative. By receiving beads to keep track of my journey and what I've been through it I've realized how far ive come. Knowing that I'll get something like a cool bead makes some of the not-so-fun stuff tolerable.

1 Angela177

Client Served

Rating: 5

Chris is an amazing young man that has made my son feel more accepted through the Warrior Beads program. My son, Michael now goes to have medical procedures done, holds his beads tight and tells the nurses what each bead stands for, by the time he is done explaining the procedure is over. No more crying, yelling and begging "no". Thank you!

1 Tamaris D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank You 1Boy4Change for all the love and support of my 2 grandchildren...one with Chiari and the other with Bullying issues...your Warrior beads were the spark that gave them hope. She carries her house key on her key chain. He has not strung his beads but looks at them often and knows that someone else with a chronic illness shares his pain. It is difficult to be a teenager but a teen in pain is more so. As a grandparent who loves them both I Thank You from the bottom of my heart Chris.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My first encounter with 1B4C was on FB. Of course I'm cautious of postings on FB, so I started researching this 'boy' and his program. At the time he was in a contest with his service dog for the Humane Societies Hero Dog of the Year Award. I was struck with how much one young man can accomplish. I have worked in Boy Scouting in past years and know what young boys are capable of in search of their Eagle Award so Chris' determination was not new to me. What I find commendable is his dedication especially with his medical issues. I recently put together a quilt for Chris with the names of over 400 people whose lives Chris has touched in someway. I am proud to call this young man and his family my friends and to share the love with them.

Kimberly156

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you SO much to 1Boy4Change for sponsoring K9 first aid kits from We Ride to Provide for all four of the K9's in my husband's division! The LCPD K9's

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Client Served

Rating: 5

1 Boy4Change is directly responsible for my daughter getting her service dog. This is a life changing gift. In the month she has had the dog, my daughter is happier, more active and in less pain than I have seen in years. The professionalism, integrity and intuition that are cornerstones to Chris's work are only out weighed by his tremendous heart. I owl urge everyone to get in solved, donate, volunteer and spread the word. Chris is making miracles happen for people on a regular basis. This world needs a lot more of that!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The warrior beads program is amazing! Having a collection of beads to tell and record my personalised medical story has given me confidence to talk about my medical experience. It helps those around you understand what happens when I go into hospital and most importantly, warrior beads are there to remind me that I can do anything, because I have done so much already. Now whenever I lie in an MRI, have an operation, medical infusion, IV, or treatment, I think about my warrior beads. They automatically calm me down and give me courage.

I am super grateful for everything Chris and his charity have done for me. Thank you :)

2 Odessa C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

1boy4change changed my daughter's life by giving her Service dog. This dog is amazing, he detects every seizure with out fail. Her service dog has allowed my daughter to be independent and she has a companion and friend for as long as her Service dog can do it. Thank you 1boy4change. Our Family has earned a special friendship and a place in our hearts with Chris, Janet Carswell and Bronx.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It is truly an empowering honor to have Chris and Janet on our families side. My daughter's life and ours is going to change in the most positive way. Am so grateful to have gotten the opportunity have met such a brave and courageous young man, however I know he draws his strength from his lovely mother. Thank you for been you and for been now a part of my family.

3 Amanda76

Client Served

Rating: 5

Chris at 1boy4change is a wonderful young man that has helped my family and son so much. He has helped to supply my son with a much needed service dog and now he sends warrior beads to my son. These beads may not seem like much to others but to a special needs child they mean so much! Thank you Chris!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a mom. Just like every mom, I want what's best for my children. My middle son has spinal muscular atrophy. He is wheelchair bound, and has an amazing personality. 1boy4change is helping my son by giving him a service dog. My son will now enjoys the benefits of feeling a little bit of this freedom that many of us take for granted. SD Abby is going to open many wonderful doors (both physically and emotionally) for my son. I just can't thank Chris and his mom Janet enough. They are giving my baby hope fit his future.

2 Cathie K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was involved in an accident in February and once he got home from his hospital stay I looked into the 1Boy4Change Warrior Bead program. My son's life has changed drastically from that accident and with the beads from Chris he is able to tell his medical journey. Adding new beads to his string is not only therapeutic for him but also feels like a sense of closure for those procedures. I would have never thought that a simple program like this could make such a huge difference to children during their medical journeys.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Such an amazing charity! My son received warrior beads from 1boy4change to tell his medical story with. As a mom it was a little somber but it also showed me everything we have overcome with our little guy so far. We cannot thank them enough. My son is proud to show off his warrior beads and tell his story:)

2 Trish11

Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently met Chris Carswell in person after having worked with his foundation for about a year. I run a foundation that provides grants to the disabled in our community who need service dogs. Chris and his foundation reviewed our grantee's application and selected a specific dog to be trained for her.

Chris provided the early training for this dog, before was moved on to get his advanced training in Tennessee. All through this process, Chris and his foundation provided the communication, reassurance and information we needed to prepare our client for their new dog.

The end result of this labor of love on Chris' part is the most amazing partnership between a highly trained service dog, and a 7 year old girl with severe disabilities.

I credit Christopher for his dedication to this work, and for his work helping Police K-9 units across the country. What an amazing young man, to have had this idea at such a young age, and to spend his teen years serving others.

He is truly a remarkable young man. His foundation is well-run, and clearly he goes out of his way to make sure that the projects he supports are successful. He, his mother and the trainer from Tennessee gave up an entire week of their summer to come to our community and train our client with their new service dog. I don't know of another organization in this area of service that does this for their clients. I know that hundreds of hours of training were donated toward the preparation of this wonderful dog.

We had a million questions. Every single one of them was answered politely and with patience, understanding that this was all new to us. Chris's team is highly skilled and highly qualified to be doing this work, and I consider them experts in the field.

Chris knows firsthand the difference that a trained service dog can make in a person's life, and he appears to be truly dedicated to making it possible for others to have the same benefit.

Wonderful young man, and a great example of what a great non-profit should be!

2 Kathy165

Client Served

Rating: 5

I met Chris and SD Bronx when they took the time out of their day visiting Miss Sue at Golden Isles Hospice to visit my husband who did not have many days left. My husband, Wilfried Stein, could no longer talk; however, I saw the light in his eyes when I told him a real Deutsche Shepard was coming in to see him. Wilfried was from Austria and SD Bronx got in the bed with him. Wilfried was delighted and swished SD Bronx's tail back and forth. My most known words in Deutsche are commands for dogs from listening to Wilfried speak to our dogs in Deutsche. Chris took the time to pose with Wilfried and SD Bronx. Chris is a selfless young man who puts his needs last and cares for others first!!

2 Jessica113

Client Served

Rating: 5

In Jan 2013 we learned about 1Boy4Change and we were immediately impressed. Janet & Chrus were supportive in us obtaining and training our puppy. Just this week we were tested and our dog, Zoey officially became a service dog. Throughout the entire process, you never feel alone or excluded. The entire 1Boy4Change organization has done nothing but amazing things. From guidance with your service dog's training to support with more personal issues. They are a non-profit organization that makes dreams come true!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I literally stumbled onto 1Boy4Change. Chris has changed our lives and given us hope. They gave us support when we got our puppy. They arranged for training here in Canada when I needed it most. They are available no matter the day or night...

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Client Served

Rating: 5

1B4C paired me with my service dog in training Phoenix in May 2013. Nearly a year later we are very close to becoming a fully graduated service dog team. They have been there to support me through the whole training process and our trainer from FL even came up in November to check on us. We will be going to her to finish our training in June and I could not be more excited. SDiT Phoenix has been a blessing I never could have imagined having. Chris, Janet, and their team made that possible. I am forever grateful.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

1Boy4Change actually found me and I am so glad they did! I was trying to raise $10,000 for a PTSD service dog from a different organization...something that was not going to happen anytime soon! I applied and was approved on the very day my application arrived. Since then Janet and Chris have always been available to respond to my questions. This is such a unique organization, not many places give you the opportunity to puppy raise your own service dog and interact with others who are on their waiting list. 1Boy4Change doesn't just accept you for a service dog, they adopt you into a FAMILY. Chris Carswell is a hero in my book, without his drive to help others I would not be getting the service dog I so desperately need to live a normal life. THANK YOU 1Boy4Change!

2 Cindie A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have had our Service Dog from 1Boy4Change.org for almost 2 yrs now. They have been the most wonderful nonprofit to interact with. They still help us with any equiptment we may need, any advice we need and a listening ear when I need it! A wonderful family oriented organization that has changed our lives and helped to make my non-verbal autistic son safe and more independent!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It has almost been a year since i met Chris and he brought my son his service dog! What a wonderful year it has been... We can safely go to stores with out losing my son, he can go in the yard and his Service Dog is always on watch... When our dog had a medical issue 1boy4change stepped right up and helped us out, they are wonderful and their organization is Life changing!!!!

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