My name is Elizabeth Vota. I am 15 years old and heading into my sophomore year in high school. For as long as I can remember, I have been actively involved in sports and physical fitness. That all changed at my tenth birthday party when I fell on my knees while skating. For the next three years I visited numerous doctors to try and determine why my knee never healed properly but never received a viable diagnosis. I was finally diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) by a terrific doctor. He taught me that EDS is a connective tissue disorder which makes my joints flexible and hypermobile, allowing my joints to easily dislocate in my body. He introduced me to a great physical therapist and great team of doctors. EDS effects my entire body which results in chronic pain everyday. I also have Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) which causes me to have a rapid heart rate and low blood pressure, causing me to have frequently dizzy and fainting spells. The amazing people at NEADS have accepted me to receive a service dog and I cannot be any more happy. A dog from NEADS will help me greatly with my day to day tasks and make my life easier. He will be trained to retrieve objects that have fallen on the ground, turn the lights on, steady me when I feel dizzy, alert someone on command, among other tasks. Being a young lady and not being able to do the things I love to do, has made me lose my self-confidence. I feel that the service dog will help me regain my confidence and allow me to participate more fully in life. A service dog cost $42,000 to train; NEADS has asked me to raise $8,000 dollars. Please help me reach this goal by donating.
Any size donation goes a long way. Thank you.