From: Watertown, MA
Program: Service Dog
Minimum Goal: $8,000 | Amount Raised:$3,302
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. In the summer of 2017 I had to give up a career I loved, teaching college math and physics, due to the progression of my disease. I now struggle to get out of the house without assistance, and I often have to ask my sons for help in the kitchen and around our home.
A service dog will become a vital member of our family. I hope to be able to reclaim my independence, and start volunteering at the elementary school which both my sons attended, or at the Watertown Public Library. Having a service dog will give my the confidence to go out and achieve goals which have been put on hold due to my disease and disability.
*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.