From: Tarrytown, NY
Program: Service Dog
Minimum Goal: $8,000 | Amount Raised:$1,653
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. I find my biggest challenge to be DROPPING things. This is the main task I need help with and accordingly is the main reason I want a dog.
I own an infant daycare center in Harlem and work there about three days a week. When not there, I spend my time being a mom to teenage boys, trying to keep myself healthy and trying to have fun. I want my life to feel ‘regular’ again. The lack of privacy that resulted from my injury has made me feel like I am not a mature adult anymore. Always having other people around, literally and figuratively in my personal space, has deprived me of my sense of psychological and emotional independence. This is incapacitating, in some ways, more then my many physical challenges. Having a service dog will allow my whole self to feel complete again.
I chose my apartment in a downtown area so I can pull my world closer. The ability to socialize and not isolate is very important to me. I will easily be able to go out and be amongst people on the street, in malls, restaurants and parks, in- and outdoors. Likewise, it will be easy for me to entertain others (especially my disabled friends) which is something I have always enjoyed. My current backyard became a gathering place for my SCI support group which I co-lead. Since wheelchair bound people often can not get into their friends homes, I expect it will be a refuge for many.
It seems this essay addressed my apartment more than my service dog. Please don’t misunderstand. They are deeply intertwined and I look forward to both facilitating the next phase of my life. Finally, I expect to fully love this dog as my roommate, helper, dependent, partner, and companion. Thank you in advance for any help you give me or any disabled person. Whether it be financial or a simple pleasantry on the street, it is so appreciated.
*NEADS clients pledge to raise a minimum of $8,000 for the organization, thus allowing us to fulfill our mission of placing Service Dogs with individuals who benefit from them the most. Each donation ensures that NEADS will continue to change lives with our World Class Service Dogs.
On our donation form, pick the name of the client you want to sponsor under the Program Menu and check whether or not we can share your contact information with the client. Client fundraising totals are manually updated weekly (not automatically) which allows 100% of each donation to be allocated towards each client’s fundraising goal.