Hi there, my name is Grace Kong and I was diagnosed with autism at 2 ½ years old. I am almost 8 years old now and have come a long way, but I am still non-verbal and face many life challenges as I continue to grow into a young lady. My parents did a lot of research and we visited the NEADS organization early this year and met their wonderful and dedicated staff. We also met Jake, a Black Labrador Retriever, who I immediately bonded with and put me at ease. My family and the NEADS organization agreed that I could really benefit tremendously from the consistent companionship of a service dog. My family would greatly appreciate your support in helping me fundraise for a service dog that would provide a calm presence in preventing my meltdowns and frustrations, helping me with my irregular sleep habits. Thanks in advance as my parents and I look forward to welcoming our newest member to the family.