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.

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Arthur Greenslade

Hi my name is Ted, and Bill is my service dog. Bill and I have worked together for the past 11 years. He’s been my best friend, confidant,and companion for so long it saddens me that Bill can no longer perform his duties as a service dog. So now, it’s time for Billy to kick back and enjoy retirement.

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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. 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.

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Jack Gerard

I’ve always wondered who I will be, but it’s always interesting to gather yourself and explain who you are to others.  I feel as though I’ve become good natured, and always full of laughs.  I know there is much to journey towards but I’m living in the present pushing for an independent future.

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Talia Ze’evi

Hi, my name is Talia Ze’evi and I am 9 years old. I am a little girl who desperately wants to perform in plays and in dance recitals, sing and play instruments in concerts, speak with new people I meet and have and enjoy all the experiences a typical nine-year-old girl enjoys – I am not shy, but most people think I am.

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Jeffrey Zwearcan

They call me Jeff, and my current service dog is “The Dude.” We have just retired after thirty-five years of working for the State of Massachusetts. At fifteen years of age, Dude is no longer able to perform many helpful tasks which have helped me to maintain my independence, as I have been confined to a wheelchair for some time.

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Beth Hendrickson

Hi, my name is Beth Hendrickson. I am 36 years old and began life 14 weeks early as a micro-preemie weighing 1 lb 9 oz. I been called a fighter and got through this early trauma seemingly unscathed. I was later diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome…

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Kathryn Bruttomesso-Clarke

Kathryn Bruttomesso-Clarke has been fighting chronic illnesses for 17 years. When she was younger she was a pre-professional dancer who danced with the Donetsk Ballet of the Ukraine and with the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. She had to quit dancing because of the pain from her chronic illnesses. She attends Bard College at Simon’s Rock and aspires to be a doctor. She also enjoys painting and drawing; her art is available for sale. 

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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. Almost 10 years ago I was matched with the wonderful service dog Lucy.  She made my life whole again and we went everywhere together.  She passed away February 26 2018, and now I am on the waiting list at NEADS for a new partner…

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