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NEADS clients pledge to support the organization by raising $8,000 to help sustain our programs. You can join the thousands of people who have donated in order to help our clients meet their fundraising goals. Read the clients' stories here, then make your donation to NEADS.



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Allie Vega

Hi my name is Alexzandra Vega. People often knows me as Allie. I am a deaf mom of two beautiful children ages 6 and 2. I am also a full time student and a Relief worker helping individuals with developmental disabilities.

Ann Creilson

Hi!  I’m Ann Creilson and as an elementary school adjustment counselor, I am always thinking about ways I can support the emotional and social well-being of my students…


I’ve lived in Massachusetts for over 20 years. For the past 10 years, I’ve suffered a loss of a vertebrate which required spinal fusion.  With the addition of multiple vertebrates’…

Babs Spake

Life is like a Rollercoaster, one of the craziest rides you will ever take. Life picks you up, drops you down, flips you upside down, and definitely spins you around…

Barbara Papa-Zinko

My name is Barbara Papa-Zinko.  I was involved in a severe car accident 19 years ago that caused a significant lower back injury….Surgery was my only option if I was…

Beth Johnson

This Dog is Coming to School! For years, first as a teacher and now as an administrator, I have been thinking about what a difference a dog would make for…

Caroline Thom

My name is Caroline Thom, and I’ve been teaching third grade at Bishop School for 27 years.  It is with great anticipation that our school will soon welcome an assistance…

Christine Brouillard

At Mill Pond School, we have seen – and felt – the positive impact a dog can make in the day and life of a child. Through occasional visits with…

Danielle Lambert

Hello! My name is Danielle and I am a school counselor at a collaborative in Andover. I work with elementary to middle school students with a variety of disorders from…

Dee Genetti

Hi. My name is Dee and I am a psychologist, a paraplegic, and a wheelchair user from a car crash many years ago, and I am legally blind. I have…

Deirdre Meagher

It is the time! I am ready to take the next step towards overcoming my difference! But  I know I’m not ready to do it all on my own. My…

Diane Bertolino

Hi, my name is Diane Bertolino and I live in Natick, Ma. I grew up loving and playing all sports and was always very active until 19 years ago when…

Dianna Landers

My name is Dianna. Due to being born three months premature, I have dealt with hearing loss all my life. I was fitted with hearing aids at a young age…

Emma Faye Rudkin

Emma Faye is getting a hearing dog! This dog will help navigate Emma Faye’s everyday tasks and traveling as a deaf individual. She is excited to add into this beautiful…

Gary Grimes

Hi! My name is Gary Grimes and I am a Chaplain working on a hospice team in the western Massachusetts area. We work with patients who have been diagnosed with…

Holeigh Morin

At Centerville Elementary all of the staff take great pride in the love we have for each and every unique student who walks through our door. Recently, we have shifted…

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. 

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.

Joanna Lubkin

Caring for and supporting others have always been core values of mine. And I live with several disabilities and chronic illness that can get in the way of me contributing all I…

John Stuhl & DJ

DJ Has changed my life, made the mundane fun and every challenge we conquer taste even sweeter!!

Kate Weaver

Hi, I’m Kate.  I have steadily been losing my hearing over the last 8 years. I had meningitis at 13 months old and while I survived the illness, I lost…

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.

Katrina Parker

Hey there! I see you have found my page! Now, you’re a little curious aren’t you? Wouldn’t you like to know why you’re here?  No worries. I do not mind…

Kevin Fenlon

My name is Kevin Fenlon, I am the Assistant Director of Counseling Services at Worcester State University.  For the past 13 years, I have been working with college students to…

Laurie Aronson

My name is Laurie Aronson, and I have been trying for years to get a service dog.  I have limited mobility due to MS–and if that weren’t enough, I am…

Leanna Fergerson

Hello! My name is Leanna Alexis Fergerson. I am 11 years old and live in Charlotte, NC. I am a fun loving little girl, with a great sense of humor.…

Lenore Lupie

Hey there. I’m Lenore and that’s Mo, my family dog. I am striving to get back my independence. To that end, I’m moving into my own adapted apartment. I will be living alone for the first time since I became a quad 4 years ago.

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’ Assistance Dog for the Classroom…

Marjorie Hintalla

My name is Marjorie Hintalla but most people call me Margie. I was diagnosed with hearing loss as a toddler. I came in to the world 2 weeks late and…

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.

Melissa Doudna

Hello, my name is Melissa Doudna and I currently live in Fruita, CO with my fiance and two geriatric black labs. Some basic information about me is was born and…

Melissa Moore

During a routine hearing screening in my first grade at school it was found that I was born with nerve deafness and was hearing impaired.  This was quite a discovery…

Moriah Williams

My name is Moriah Williams, I’m 30 years old and I was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth. When I was born I was 2 pound, at that they also…

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.

Nissa Thornton

As a peer counselor within the Massachusetts Department of Correction, I have been accepted into the NEADS program and a currently waiting to be matched with an Assistance Dog who…

Patricia Gomez

Hola everyone, my name is Patricia Gomez.  I am a polio survivor. I am losing my strength, have physical fatigue, intense pain, and tiredness. This will continue to progress which…

Patrick Cogan

Hello!! My name is Patrick Cogan, and, thanks to NEADS, I will be getting a service dog to help me with every day tasks! I have a rare neuromuscular disease…

Peter Hayes

Hi! My name is Peter Hayes and I’m a deaf/ hard of hearing man.  I need a Service Dog to help me in my daily life and to help me…

Rebekah Lloyd

Hello my name is Rebekah Lloyd and I have been a client with NEADS for 7 years, and just retired my first service dog named Brent. Brent was one of…

Rivka Schmidt

Hi everyone. I am an 11 year old girl, who has had serve muscle cramps and muscle weakness in my lower legs due to a genetic disorder.  I started with…

Sharyn Ryan

My name is Sharyn Ryan, I am both physically and emotionally challenged, and find great difficulty addressing life’s every day tasks.  As a mother of four grown children , I…

Sonya Daniel

Sonya Daniel is a musician/teacher, writer, and voice over artist. She lives with her family in Arkansas. Hard of hearing her whole life, her side hustle is being a vocal…

Stacy Pokora

Hello, my name is Stacy Pokora and I am a special education teacher in North Providence, RI. My goal is to raise funds for NEADS.  I am currently on the…

Starr Fund

All donations to the Starr Fund go toward helping clients who are Deaf, or have hearing loss, reach their fundraising goals. To date, over $17,000 has been raised for clients through the Starr Fund.

Theresa Lane

I’m so excited our school has been approved for a NEADS assistance dog. We have been fortunate at Nauset Regional Middle School to have had a therapy dog in our…

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.

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.

Tyler Hooton

My name is Tyler Hooton, some fun facts about me, I’m Deaf, I wear a cochlear implant on the right side and a hearing aid on the left. I love…

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

Yadira Rivera Martinez

My name is Yadira. I started developing hearing loss throughout my early adulthood. I remember my father noticed that I would constantly turn on the subtitles whenever we would watch…

Jessica is a former student...and an incredibly inspirational woman. I know having this dog will help her achieve even more goals!

Supporting Jessica
Service Dog

I’m so impressed with your persistence and determination.

Supporting Jacob
Service Dog for a Child

Your journey is inspirational! Your Service Dog will add joy and independence which you richly deserve.

Supporting Diane
Service Dog

I'm so glad to see Joanne bringing in a pup into our school because we know first-hand how much dogs can help kids in need. 

Supporting Joanne
Assistance Dog for the Classroom

Paying it forward so the person behind you can have a dog already in training and getting ready as the person in front of you did for you. I know the person who is getting a dog from this program and it’ll make a world of difference to her.

Supporting Jessica
Service Dog

Sending love and light to you all.

Supporting Jacob
Service Dog for a Child

Ellen is an amazing person; I do hope she is able to find another service dog to replace Maggie. Maggie has been truly a life saver and perfect companion to Ellen.

Supporting Ellen Smith
Service Dog

As the older sister of a brother with Autism and obsession with Labradors, Lola (my black lab) and I couldn't be more pleased to help Isaac reach his goal. We wish you well in your journey.

Supporting Isaac
Service Dog for a Child

I am so excited for you! A dog will give you so much assistance and let you feel safe all the time. I can’t wait to meet your dog.

Supporting Jessica
Service Dog

In memory of Mike, who loved animals and children. He had many nieces and nephews with one of them being on the Autism Spectrum. We look forward to hopefully seeing you around town with your new pup. 

Supporting Jacob
Service Dog for a Child

Maggie and Ellen are an incredible team and I know this transition will be bittersweet. Hugs and love to you both and thank you for all you do!!

Supporting Ellen Smith
Service Dog

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