Hi, my name is Jennifer Moro and I am 43 years old. I suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis, degenerative disc disease Spondylothesis and severe scoliosis. In 2011, I needed to have spinal fusion surgery. I went back to work afterwards but the pain was so bad I could no longer sit at my desk all day. I was forced to retire in 2012 from a job I absolutely loved. Not many people can say that but I could. I worked for the Board of Education as a Special Education Data Analyst.
Once I retired I knew I needed to keep myself busy. I do some mystery shopping and run errands for my household. This requires me to go into banks, restaurants, supermarkets etc. These tasks can be difficult for someone like me. I deal with pain all through the day but I will not let that stop me. There are so many instances where if I had a service dog it would make my life so much easier. They can open doors, pick up dropped items, push elevator buttons or automatic door buttons, help with stability and even carry some items for me. These things the average person can take for granted but they can make my life very difficult. I want to be independent and not always have to ask other people for help. That’s what my service dog would provide for me. A life of independence.
This is where NEADS comes in.
NEADS (National Education for Assistance Dog Services, also known as Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was established in 1976. Their Service Dogs become an extension of their handlers and bring freedom, physical autonomy and relief from social isolation to their human partners.
I am so grateful I have been accepted into their program.
My service dog costs NEADS over $42,000 for training it to my needs and I am being asked to help raise a minimum of $8,000. Please help with this life changing fundraiser for me by giving a tax-free deductible donation. A donation of any size would be deeply appreciated.
Thank you so much!