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Our son Gabriel is a 12-year-old boy who received the diagnose of Tourette Syndrome (a neurological disorder that involves involuntary motor and verbal tics) in 2010 by Dr. David Coulter from Children's Hospital Boston.

Suzanne is a mother, writer, youth coach, and Protestant ordained minister. Suzanne is interested in the myriad ways ministry happens outside church walls, and is eager to embark on a new partnership of pastoral care with a NEADS Service Dog for Therapy.

Thank you for giving me this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is George Breault and I’ve struggled every day with Multiple sclerosis for the past 24 years and have been confined to a wheelchair 21 of those years. I am determined to stay independent as long as possible. However, with the disease progressing that is getting to be more and more challenging every day. Therefore, the time has come for me to consider having a service dog to assist me with daily functions that sometimes seem impossible. I believe a service dog will provide me with the confidence necessary to maintain an independent life style.

Dante is 11 years old with autism. He waited a year and a half for the perfect dog. Then he met Lucky and there was an instant attraction. Lucky is a black lab who is 20 months old with a birthday in August.

My 7 year old daughter Rayanie recently recieved Chief, an assistance dog from NEADS. Rayanie has Williams syndrome -- a genetic condition that is present at birth and characterized by medical problems including cardiovascular disease, developmental delays, and learning disabilities.

I have had moderate to severe hearing loss since birth. I have always strived to be independent and not have my hearing loss be the driving force of my life. I am a School Psychologist, so my professional life is dedicated to advocating for children with special needs and supporting their families and teachers.

Rev. Debbie Clark is pastor of Edwards United Church of Christ in Framingham, Massachusetts.  The congregation has welcomed Jeannie, a beautiful standard poodle, as a "service dog for ministry."  Jeannie provides a warm, gentle, caring presence for the congregation and the wider community.

When I first applied to get an assistance dog from NEADS, I knew that I would receive a special dog. I didn't know that I would receive a dog that has had such a huge impact on my professional and personal life. Rev accompanies me to work everyday, which is the Nevins Nursing and Rehab Centre in Methuen Massachusetts.

Michelle was born profoundly deaf and has identified herself as being culturally Deaf. She attended Gallaudet University and received her doctorate degree (Ph.D.) in Clinical Psychology.  When not working, Michelle is active and enjoys the outdoors of New England. She can often be found hiking, running and camping during her down time.

Gradually becoming deafer, Cynthia needs a hearing dog to alert her to everyday sounds such as alarms and phone calls. Without her hearing aids, she can barely hear anything.

Several years ago, I walked into a room at the Tippet Home in Needham, MA to visit a member of the church I was serving. She was there for hospice care. As soon as I entered the room, she gave me a distressed look and asked, “Where’s your dog?” She had met me and my senior lab, Copper, earlier during her illness. I told her, “I didn’t even think to bring him.” I checked with the Tippett Home and asked if I could bring Copper for the next visit and they said, “Of course!” I brought Copper and as soon as she saw Copper, there was a look of peace, contentment, and even joy on the dying woman’s face. She was ready to talk.

Born deaf, Kathleen would like a hearing dog to alert her to sounds she would otherwise not hear.

I began working with NEADS in 2005 and received my first Service Dog in 2006. I discovered more independence that I never knew was possible with my Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral palsy. Things that I benefited from were: picking up dropped items, accessing the fridge, light switches, and opening doors just to name a few.

Elijah is 14 years old and in the 8th grade at King Philip Middle School in Norfolk, MA. He has many strengths such as a great sense of humor but is socially withdrawn. A social dog would give him confidence to meet new challenges in his daily life

My son Braedan is 6 years old. He was diagnosed with mild Asperger Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, anxiety, and sensory sensitivities. Though he looks and acts like your average little boy, there are so many obstacles for him to overcome.

Hi Everyone, My name is Rylie and I have been matched to become a therapy dog at Boston Medical Center (BMC). I’ve been waiting my whole life for this. In this role, I will visit patients, families and staff at the hospital and bring with me compassion, caring and a pleasant diversion from hospital life.

Eric's hearing loss, a result of brain damage at birth, was only detected about 7 years ago and is getting worse. His hearing dog Princess helps him to be more independent in his daily activities and alerts him to sounds that he is unable to hear.

I am excited to be joining the NEADS family and developing a partnership with Bella. Bella will serve as both a ministry dog and a service dog assisting me personally. As a minister and an animal-lover, I cannot think of a more ideal way to “do” ministry. Bella and I will serve our congregation, community, and region in many ways: through congregational and interfaith worship and events; pastoral care visits to nursing homes and hospitals; and crisis response to recovery and reunification centers in Petersham and the wider region. We will respond to requests by local clergy of any faith as well as regional fire, police, and other emergency responders.

I began my partnership with Daisy, a young Golden Retriever "Service Dog for Ministry" in October. She has become a favorite in the various ministry settings in which I am involved. In churches, she opens up conversations with people who might be reluctant otherwise. She is particularly good with kids, even the most hesitant.

I am a counselor at the Cushing House which is a part of the Gavin Foundation and located in South Boston. The Cushing House is a 6-month program for girls ages 16-20 in early recovery from addiction. Working with me from 3-11 pm, Rowan brightens everyone's day- from greeting girls at the door when they come back from school/work to giving them a kiss before they go to sleep.

I’ve been a paraplegic for 28 years and due to arthritic changes in my cervical spine, I’ve lost strength and dexterity in my hands. I continue to work for the Center for Living and Working, Inc. where I work to help other people with disabilities gain and maintain their independence. My daughter is now 20 years old and serving our country as a United States Marine.

I graduated with my 1st NEADS Service Dog ‘Alex’ in April 2002, but sadly I had to say goodbye to my helper and wingman in September 2013. Fortunately, I have been accepted to receive my 2nd NEADS Service Dog and I could not be more excited! I live in the Boston area and work as a Project Manager for an Architectural Firm. I enjoy attending sporting events, playing billiards, keeping up with friends & family, traveling and the outdoors.

I am a 75-year-old woman who was recently partnered with Della, my second Hearing Assistant Dog. Monte had passed over the Rainbow Bridge a year ago last March., and I was lost without him. I did not think I could ever find another dog as well trained as he, but Della is already getting me to respond to even more sounds than he did.

Brandon has difficulty in making friends because his speech is sometimes hard to understand and people do not always understand how to communicate with people with Down Syndrome. 

I have recently been matched with Murray. He has been such an amazing gift. I was diagnosed with MS in 2010 after 20 years of symptoms. I have weakness on both sides, more on the left and my balance is starting to become a problem.  I drop things frequently and have difficulty picking things up from the floor.

Mikey is a six year old boy with an autism spectrum disorder. He has anxiety in various situations especially when transitioning from one place to another and where there's a lot of stimulation such as a grocery store. Feeling insecure, he is quite dependent upon his mother's presence.

Kaiyla is a vibrant, energetic, happy 9 year old girl with Autism and Mental Retardation. The obstacles she faces because of this can be emotional, frustrating, sometimes hurtful and cause everyday tasks to be difficult.

Taylor is our bright 8-year-old daughter. When she was 18 months old she was diagnosed with autism. We began Early Intervention and had ABA therapists in our home for countless hours. Taylor has always loved dogs, horses, dinosaurs and dragons. As Taylor got older her presentation of autism improved and her current diagnosis is Aspergers. Over the last couple of years, we have noticed high levels of anxiety and depression. We brought her in for help where she was then diagnosed with both of these as well as a mood disorder.

Marina needs a puppy to turn itself upside down to help her! Marina had an accident while riding her horse and now needs a dog to help.

Katya is a petite college student. She was born with spina bifida, has had several surgeries including spinal fusion, and walks with crutches. Her goal is to be able to live independently and make a contribution to the world.

Scooter helps engage my many clients who suffer from severe and persistent mental illness. My role as Residential Registered Nurse allows me to visit with these individuals, provide physical assessments and advocate for the services they may need. Scooter provides them with tactile stimulation and unconditional love they deserve. Scooter also encourages these individuals to increase their activity level through hikes and trips to the local dog park. In addition I will am able to share this amazing animal with my family. My clients are truly excited about Scooter being an addition to our clinical team. Thank you in advance for considering a donation.

I was recently matched with Cami, my new service dog and she is so helpful! I look forward to building a relationship. I think one of the most rewarding things is the companionship a person develops with their dog. There really are no words to explain the understanding you have because you know your dog and the dog knows you.

Hi my name is Nicole Toscano and I am a student at Providence College. I'm double majoring in Social Work and Health Policy and Management. I have a rare, genetic connective tissue disorder known as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome which makes my joints extremely loose causing them to partially and fully dislocate frequently.

Catherine Vrtis is a 5th year Ph.D. candidate at Tufts University. She also has Ehlers-Danlos, a rare, degenerative genetic disorder primarily effective the musculo-skeletal system, and as a result usually has to use a wheelchair for locomotion.