Courtney Chmura

From: Easthampton, MA
Program: Service Dog
Minimum Goal: $8,000 | Amount Raised:$8,943

I am a 36 year old single mother to 5 wonderful children, who choose me to be there mom as much as I choose them. For over 10 years I was a foster/adoptive parent to over 60 foster children, and it was one of the best experiences in my life. I have always been a very active person, whether that is out in nature, helping out at my church, working with my children, or baking anything and everything! My daughter and I were in a car accident in 2013. Immediately my life changed.

The accident resulted in extensive injuries, cognitive issues, and relying on a wheelchair. I have had to adapt and find new ways to do a lot of things, even the smallest things. Yet I am a fighter and will not give up. I believe that working with NEADS, and being matched with a service dog will allow me even more to get back some of the independence that I lost.

A service dog will be able to help me with a multitude of tasks and alleviate a cloud of worry that hangs over me when I am in and out of my house. It’s the little things that I’m imagining will make a big difference.  Things like opening doors, pushing handicap buttons, retrieving a phone or alerting others if help is needed. Having a four legged companion will raise my confidence and no amount of ear scratching and belling rubbing can repay that.

On average, the amount of money it takes to raise and train one dog is over $42,000. If you could please help me do my part in fundraising for NEADS and raise the money I need in order to have a dog matched with me that they will specifically train. The goal is to raise a minimum of $8,000. So if you would, please help me by making a tax-deductible donation towards my future four-legged friend. Any amount is so greatly appreciated! Thank you!!

If anyone is interested, my family, friends and I have also been making handmade jewelry to sell to raise donations for my service dog. It has been a collaborative of sisters if you would that have all banded together to help support me not only in my recovery but in my goal of getting a service dog. We set up a Facebook page just for it! Please come check us out at Sister Strength Creations on Facebook. Like our page and feel free to share it.

Courtney Chmura

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