The family of Wayde Sims, an LSU basketball player killed earlier this year, has created a fund to help LSU students with emotional support dogs.
The Wayde Forever 44 Fund was started with the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine to assist students at LSU with the associated costs of owning an emotional support dog.
Sims had a support dog: his “4-year-old son” Buddha. The dog was a high school graduation gift and provided a source of comfort and support.
Wayde was often challenged with the potential separation from Buddha due to housing restrictions, and this was a big source of anxiety for him, according to a release. Wayde’s mother, Fay Sims, shared, “The bond between Wayde and Buddha was so strong. I believe he would have lived under the overpass before giving up Buddha.”
The Wayde Forever 44 Emotional Support Dog Fund will help current and future students to overcome these barriers and help supplement financial responsibilities that come with owning an emotional support dog.
On what would be Wayde’s 21st birthday, his family is asking for support on this fund. To donate, click here.
The family says they hope to help students at LSU and make Wayde’s legacy a reality.