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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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The Stephen Baum Fund

A donation through The Stephen Baum Fund will support the entire NEADS Client Fundraising Team.  


If you would like to support client fundraising but chose not to select a specific client's fundraising campaign, you can donate via The Stephen Baum Fund. Your donation can make a difference for not just one client, but for many. 
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Adrian Knapp

My name is Adrian. I am 10. I have Autism. But as my mom says, I am a lot more than that. I have always wanted a dog, and I…

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Alyssa Kirby

Hi There! My name is Alyssa. I am a RN at a secure treatment program for youths who have significant mental health needs and/or have experienced significant childhood traumas

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Ary Ashkenazy

Thank you for visiting my fundraising page.  I’m pleased to give you a sense of the journey your donation will embark.

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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…

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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…

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Cam Wages

My parents say that I was always a free spirit with my own style and need to be creative, but unbeknownst to all of us I was struggling to make…

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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…

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Christopher Cotreau

My name is Christopher Cotreau and I am a quadriplegic who has been in a wheelchair since 1992. I am a instructional aide at a middle school and huge local…

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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…

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Elizabeth Clark

Hi, my name is Elizabeth Clark and I am excited to welcome my second service dog from NEADS!!  In 2001, I was diagnosed with Friedreich’s Ataxia, a genetic progressive Nero-muscle…

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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…

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Erin Garceau

My name is Erin, and I was born with Spina Bifida. My disability has left me a paraplegic and wheelchair bound.  I live alone and due to my medical condition,…

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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…

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Isabella Prokop-Aitkin

Hi my name is Isabella, I’m 15yrs old and a freshman in high school. I was diagnosed with Bilateral Sensorineural hearing loss when I was young.  My story is I…

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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. 

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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Melissa Feinberg

I AM ALIVE!!!!  My diagnosis – a Brain Aneurysm Hemorrhage – is fatal and usually people with my diagnosis do not survive. It usually kills instantly.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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