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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Loriann Gatta

Hi, my name is Loriann Gatta and I was matched with my first Assistance Dog for Therapy, Greta, in 2005 from NEADS.  We worked together for 12 years making a difference every day in the lives of elders in the Merrimack Valley in Massachusetts.  In April of 2018, Greta left this earth for a higher…

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Gabrielle Mcinnis

Hi, my name is Gabrielle Mcinnis. I was born 16 years ago. I was 11 weeks premature. A med-flight took me to DHMC. My lungs were not developed and I was septic. I went into cardiac arrest three times in my first few hours. My parents were told to get to the hospital as soon as possible to say goodbye. Mom came by ambulance. Everyone had to be quiet around me and I could not be held. Any, stress could cause more problems. My parents were asked if they wanted to stop life support. They were told that I would likely not walk, talk, feed myself, use the bathroom etc… My parents didn’t care.

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