Client Fundraising Team

Mary Bird

Hello, my name is Mary Bird. I am a Deaf person who uses American Sign Language, a mother to 2 boys.  Larkin (20) a Geography/Sustainable Energy major student at Salem State University, and Logan (soon to be 16), a Freshman at Bristol County Agricultural High School. I work as a Clinical Social Worker at Worcester…

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Luis Jimenez

Hi, My name is Luis, I live in Texas and I am homeschooled!  Some of my favorite things to do are playing video games, play with transformers, Legos, and having fun with my family. I applied for a NEADS service dog and  recently got approved , right before I turned 16!!! and that means my…

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Naomi Ridge

My name is Naomi Ridge, and I live with my husband and two sons (ages 11 and 13) in Watertown, Massachusetts. Since the fall of 2015 I have been losing mobility due to Multiple Sclerosis, and now use a wheelchair to get around outside of my home. In the summer of 2017 I had to…

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Hanae Witkum

Hi, my name is Hanae! I just turned 16 and got the best birthday wish ever. My parents applied for a Service Dog for me through NEADS!  We went on an interview which I was very nervous about – I get teary sometimes when I have to talk about myself – and we were accepted…

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Megan Lavin

My name is Megan Lavin.  I am a special education teacher in the Boston Public School system.  I am in my 14th year teaching in the Emotional Impairment Strand at the Beethoven School.  I have taught 1st grade, 5th grade and presently teach Kindergarten.  The population of students I work with struggle with self-regulation.  Many…

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Jennifer Thompson

I have dealt with chronic illness and I have also gone through the criminal justice system myself. I know firsthand what a NEADS dog can provide to those experiencing difficulties engaging with formal systems. For 10 years now, it has been a goal of mine to bring peace, comfort, and support to those experiencing trauma.…

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Blaze Fox

My name is Mary Fox and I have a beautiful boy named Blaze. Blaze is 9 years old and like most 9-year old’s, he loves to play on computer and shoot bow and arrow. However, Blaze isn’t like most 9-year old’s. Blaze began to have health and behavioral issues that were extremely abnormal for a…

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Arthur Greenslade

Bill and Ted’s excellent adventures Hi my name is Ted, and Bill is my service dog.  Bill and I have worked together for the past 11 years. He’s been my best friend, confidant,and companion for so long it saddens me that Bill can no longer perform his duties as a service dog.  So now, it’s…

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Kacper Rodzik

My name is Kacper Rodzik and I am a 14 year old student in 8th grade. I was originally born in Poland and I came to United States with my family when I was 1 year old. After moving from South Boston, I have lived in Canton, MA for the past 11 years. My biggest…

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Isaac Lewis

Isaac is an 11-year-old boy who loves cars, babies (both animal and human), Legos and video games. He is a very bright and friendly 6th grader who loves math and history and also happens to struggle with Autism and ADHD. He is a caring brother to his two younger sisters (he would also like me…

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