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Support the Client Fundraising Team - any amount! Make a donation to NEADS and help our clients meet their fundraising pledges that are used to help sustain our program. Read their stories here, then make your donation to NEADS.

Abby Stavitsky

Abby Stavitsky has over 20 years’ experience as a federal criminal prosecutor in the District of Columbia, primarily handling child abuse, domestic violence and sexual offenses. Her dog will be helping victims, witnesses and first responders throughout the D.C. criminal justice system. *NEADS clients pledge to raise a minimum of $8,000 for the organization, thus…

Ardis Mayo & Dekker

This is my service dog, Dekker and me, taking a break from one of our daily walks. I have had MS for many years and encouraging me to continue to walk is one of the biggest gifts Dekker gives to me.  He is non-plussed by the gravity field around me, retrieving the many things I…

Audrey Kirkpatrick

Let me just start by saying – thank you for your time. I have had hearing issues for several years but I still like to walk, garden, swim, and lead an active life.  A NEADS Service Dog for hearing would help me do that. Having a Service Dog would allow me to continue living my…

Chris Rushe

Hello, my name is Christopher Rushe and I am 45 years old. I was born hearing, but became deaf at 25 from a condition called otosclerosis. It is a condition that affects the stapies bone and prevents transmission of sounds. I had a surgery to try and regain hearing in my right ear, but I…

Courtney Chmura & Banks

Hi everyone! I started my journey with NEADS back in 2014.  I loved making handmade jewelry with my friends and family and everyone wanted to be a part of helping me reach my fundraising goal. We would have beading nights around my kitchen and dining room tables, ladies from the church would come over to…

Courtney Wang

My name is Courtney Wang. I’m an occupational therapist at Galaxy Brain and Therapy Center, a neuro rehabilitation facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Galaxy is an amazing community of therapists and brain injury survivors who all work together to meet each survivor’s goals. Our clinic is very different than most. Our founding therapist, Meg, started…

Daniel Hermanski

My name is Daniel Hermanski Sr. I am sixty three years old, the father of three grown children. For 37 years, I lived a normal life. Then in 1992, I became a paraplegic due to a stroke or bleed in a tiny blood vessel in my spinal cord. Besides paraplegia, l also have Parkinsons and became a widower…

David Kelly

Hello. I am David Kelly. I am the father of four adult daughters! I have been battling Multiple Sclerosis since 1989 – 29 years. I have never stopped moving – which I attribute to the reason why I am still able to get around. I have been accepted for a Service Dog. The dog will…

David Robertson

Hi my name is David Robertson. I live in Melrose, Ma. I have had multiple sclerosis since I was 41. The onset of the disease forced me to retire from a career as a pipe fitter for local union 537 . I am slowly becoming unable to pick up anything below my waist including my…

Deborah Boyd

I started losing my hearing about 15 years ago. I use to hunt and fish and when my hearing started going I quit doing those things because I couldn’t identify what was around me and it was not safe for me to continue doing so.  While I was living in PA our company scheduled a…

Derek Blake & Jean

Our son Derek has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Disorder along with several sensory issues. Derek is a very smart tenderhearted child, but it can be challenging for him to fit in. He doesn’t understand why. It is upsetting for him and hurts him, which pains us deeply. He often struggles when entering social situations and…

Donna Kerr

Hello, my name is Donna Kerr. I have Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy type 2I (LGMD 2I), I am also a Breast Cancer Survivor. I live in a very small town in North Carolina. I live in farm country, rolling fields of corn and cotton, one of the best places I have ever lived. I work…

Ellyn Salkin & Murray

My name is Ellyn Salkin and I have been matched with Murray, a Service Dog for Therapy. As an advocate, counselor, and coach for people with autism spectrum disorders, other needs and different abilities, I’m thankful to have Murray by my side to provide comfort and encouragement. There are so many ways that Murray can…

Janet Stitt

I’m the one with the veil. 1981. My husband ended up wearing that veil by the end of that night and we have been together since.  But it’s been thirty-seven years since that day and all our lives have taken unforeseen turns. My pal in the picture has since succumbed to the cancer that plagued…

Jennie Williams & Danny

Danny is a classroom dog who works every day at a therapeutic day school in Southeastern Massachusetts.  Danny initially came to the school to offer support to students in Kindergarten through grade 8.  Within weeks of coming to the school in August 2017, Danny was in high demand and working with students in all four…

Jessica Sinclair

Hi my name is Jessica Sinclair and I am a third year student at Rochester Institute of Technology, studying Journalism. I am trying to raise funds for a Hearing Dog to help me to live independently. I am currently working at Walmart Store, part-time while attending school, in hopes of earning funds towards my goal…

Joanne Coughlin

Empathy, self-confidence, inspiration, and love are core foundations to a successful learning environment. In my role as a Therapeutic Special Educator in an elementary school, I am able to support students in their development of a sense of self and security. We work together to identify and solve problems collaboratively and the tools they need…

John Stuhl

My name is John Stuhl, I am 48 years old, and have spent the last twenty seven years confined to a wheelchair, paralyzed from the waist down. On September 01, 1991, I suffered a spinal cord injury, a T-12 burst fracture, and the impact of the fall caused my lower vertebrae to burst, severing my…

Joseph Sala

It’s been a long time and a long way since being a daily runner and a passionate fan of classical music, even owning my own stereo components store. Hello everyone. My name is Joseph Sala. It has been for me a fortunate life having a number of varied and, I believe, successful careers. Toward the…

Katelynne Steinke & Jones

My name is Katelynne Steinke, and I am a 29 year old Paralympic hopeful, though truth be told I’m very close to the big 30. In November of 2008, I was in a car accident that severely injured my left leg. After two years of trying to salvage the limb, doctors made the decision to amputate above…

Kathleen Smith

My name is Kathleen Smith and I live in Oxford, MA  I have been an amputee since I was 11 years old from bone cancer. I always walked with an artificial limb and I was always very active I even climbed trees in my younger years. About 18 years ago I had a serious fall…

Kimberly Beshears & Suzie

Suzie is a specially trained Assistance Dog who reduces stress and anxiety in kids involved in legal proceedings. These young victims, often under the age of 12, are comforted through the tuff legal battles that follow the heinous crimes they have witnessed or been a victim to.  From attending court, being present at Juvenile Human…

Lani Baker

Hi everyone! My name is Lani Baker and I am a 16 year old from Vermont. When I was 18 months old I was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy type 3 and have been in a wheelchair most of my life. Although I have walked, over the years my muscles have progressively gotten weaker and…

Lindsay Curtius & Star

My name is Lindsay Curtius. I am an Education Specialist at San Diego Cooperative Charter School 2. In July 2016, I had the opportunity to fly from California to the NEADS campus in Massachusetts to meet and train with Star, SDCCS’ Classroom Therapy Dog.

Maddy Woodford & Mutti

My name is Maddy, I’m 15 years old and I live in Raynham, MA.  I was diagnosed with ASD (Asperger’s) when I was twelve years old.  I have struggled with different things such as anxiety/depression, regulating my emotions, forming friendships and eating since I was little.  I also have a hard time when I am…

Mark Goldschmidt

The photo is of me with a handful of my students from the Resiliency for Life Program www.resiliencyforlife.org at Framingham High School in Framingham, MA.  We are a voluntary program that supports about 50 students in grades 9-12 who are struggling in school.  In almost all cases our students’ academic struggles are rooted in their…

Matt Fuson

My name is Matt, and I have lived with profound hearing loss my whole life. I did not receive hearing aids until I was seven years old. It has been a long journey to get to where I am today, but I am still far from being 100%. I’ve had 3 surgeries on my right…

Matthew Tomer & Livy

Our son, Matthew is on the autism spectrum.  He is twelve years old.  Matthew has struggled with developmental, social, sensory, ADHD and anxiety issues his whole life.  We are raising money for a service dog to help make his life a little easier. People on the autism spectrum have a hard time communicating and forming…

Megan Freeman

Hi, my name is Megan Freeman. I have just graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in Management Information Systems. A unique fact about me is that I am deaf. Navigating college was a challenge but I didn’t let that stop me. I successfully graduated college with honors for my grades. During college,…

Michael Argenyi

Hey readers, I’m Michael Argenyi. I’m now in my 30s and I’m deaf. When I was a mere 8 months old, my parents got the diagnosis and all my life, I was raised to be as independent as possible.

Nicole Laabs

Hi there, and thanks for visiting my page!   I am the mom of three children between the ages of 5 and 11 (two of whom also have hearing loss). I was diagnosed with hearing loss when I began school at age 5.  Due to the poor, old fashioned technology that was available at that time,…

Paula McNeill

Hi Everyone! I’m Paula. I am a T8 paraplegic and have been for 8 years now. Since my injury I have continued to work, ski, bike, and generally be active. I am a mother of two amazing young adults who have left the nest. We, as a family, have always had dogs in the house,…

Rachel Ballard & Lucy

Imagine a place where you know your neighbor- not just their name, but their parents’ names. Where your child’s teacher comes over for dinner. A present day Mayberry. This is the town of Rossville, Indiana. In a city that is mostly comprised of agricultural industry, the love of animals is something that seems to be…

Rev. Kelly Harvell & Benny

Benny has been a blessing to my ministry since we started working together. He has sat at the feet of grieving family members as they prepared for the funeral of a loved one. He also sat at their feet during the funeral. He often knows before I do that people are struggling and in need…

Rev. Vanessa Winters & Ginger

Hi, my name is Vanessa Winters and I am a United Church of Christ pastor in Midcoast Maine. As a solo pastor of a small church, Ginger is my partner in ministry and helps me with so many tasks that I could never accomplish alone. She accompanies me to worship services, visits to nursing facilities,…

Stephanie Smith & Tootsie

Tootsie has been a huge gift to Cathedral in the Night, an outdoor church in Northampton, MA. Our community is a blend of people experiencing poverty, homelessness, and addiction; people living with mental illness; and people seeking a social justice-oriented, progressive church. Our weekly Sunday worship services include a hot, free dinner, insuring that there…

Stephanie Zaia

My name is Stephanie Zaia. I am 28 years old and live in Medfield MA. I have a rare neurological condition called Dystonia. It causes my muscles to contract forcing my body to twist into painful positions. I started exhibiting symptoms at the age of 14 and since then my physical abilities have declined steadily.…

Sumer Gill

My name is Sumer Gill. Fun fact about me-I am partially deaf. I have been diagnosed with genetic and progressive vestibulocochlear nerve deafening which means I have problems hearing. This is most likely due to a condition that I have, Turners Syndrome, which is a genetic disorder that I was born with and that comes…

Tamela Manhart & Salem

For more than 11 years, I, Tamela Manhart, have worked with victims of domestic violence and sexual crimes in Bannock County, Idaho. As the Victim Witness Coordinator, I have witnessed the effects that the court system can have on children, elderly, vulnerable adults and others that have faced the long and sometimes frightening moments in…

Tia Maxson & Millie

My name is Tia Maxson. I cannot begin to tell you how much Millie, my Service Dog for hearing, has made a positive impact on my life. Millie has enriched my life in ways beyond what I could have ever imagined. I am single sidedly deaf in one ear and have 20% hearing loss in…

Tim Appel

Hi everyone! My name is Tim Appel and I am a founding teacher at the Roger Clap Innovation School, now Roger Clap Elementary, in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston. I relocated to Boston from West Virginia in 2008 to serve in AmeriCorps with Generations Incorporated, a literacy non-profit that trains retired adults to serve as…

Tracey Denelle & Ansel

Hi All, I am a clinical social worker and an adjustment counselor working in the Plymouth Public Schools. I have focused my career for the last 25 years working with vulnerable children with a range of challenges. Presently I am the clinician in a therapeutic program that focuses on offering support, education, and counseling for…

Tracey Stoll & Monty

Hello, my name is Tracey Stoll. I am a licensed Special Educator and Certified Autism Specialist.  I am also the proud mother of 3 sons, two who are challenged with ASD and Anxiety. As the Founder/Executive Director of Learning Solutions, LLC (“LS” in Norwood, MA), I am committed to providing a safe, practice place for…

Tracey Williams & Cuba

My name is Tracey Williams and I’m an Intensive Special Education Teacher for Boston Public Schools. Several years ago I had three therapy dogs participate in a summer program for students with autism. The dogs came in twice a week and worked with children ages 3.9 to 5 years of age. The children increased their…

Tracy Cornell & Skye

Artist and photographer, independent and caring, these are the words I want to define me, not cancer and rheumatoid arthritis patient. My name is Tracy Cornell and since 2004 when diagnosed with my first battle with Ovarian cancer, to 2006 when the Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) diagnosis was made, my life changed dramatically.

Tyler Konvent & Baxter

Hey! My name is Tyler and I have Spina Bifida, which has had me wheelchair bound my entire life. Don’t think for a second I’ve let that slow me down, though. I’m an avid sled hockey player, and use my personal experience and disability to help children in similar situations learn to embrace who they…