From: Hillsborough, NC
Program: Service Dog for Child with Autism
Minimum Goal: $8,000 | Amount Raised:$1,301
This is our son Matthew Parker Roberts who goes by Parker. Parker is a very smart 8-year-old who is Autistic. He is a wonderful kid, extremely helpful, caring, and a great sibling. He has a lot of fun in life; he loves biking, soccer, hiking and video games. He excels at school, even winning the first-grade spelling BEE this past school year.
Autism presents Parker with some big challenges. Parker is without a “Best Friend,” at school he plays well but he doesn’t make friends. Being autistic he has a hard time expressing his feelings or successfully communicating his thoughts. He has break downs which are difficult to manage and brought on by changes in routine, food aversions, his siblings and more. He doesn’t sleep well because he will get apprehensive about anything on his mind (the next day, the weather, that sound outside the window). He also needs numerous lights on (closet, hallway, nightlight) just to feel comfortable enough to sleep.
A lot of these issues in his life could be helped as explained by NEADS with a Service Dog. As mom and dad, we want to give Parker every bit of help we can which is why we reached out to NEADS. After a visit to NEADS and witnessing Parker’s attachment to two dogs there we have affirmed our belief this would be the greatest gift we could give him. The staff at NEADS are wonderful and helped us to understand all the benefits a Service Dog trained especially by them would positively impact the life of Parker and make things easier for him.
We are very appreciative of you taking the time to stop by our NEADS page and very appreciative of you donating even the smallest amount, and if you could please share our story with your friends and family, we together can help Parker to have the best childhood.
*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.