Program: Hearing Dog
Minimum Goal: $8,000 | Amount Raised:$245
My name is Sumer Gill. Fun fact about me-I am partially deaf. I have been diagnosed with genetic and progressive vestibulocochlear nerve deafening which means I have problems hearing. This is most likely due to a condition that I have, Turners Syndrome, which is a genetic disorder that I was born with and that comes with several health problems including; Osteoporosis (brittle bones), a heart murmur (one of my valves is incomplete), hypothyroidism, and of course my hearing issues.
My condition has not slowed me down as I am about to finish college with a bachelor degree from Northern Illinois University with plans to continue to graduate school and get my masters soon. In the future, I hope to pursue my career, marry my fiancé, and start a family.
Ever since I was a baby I had constant ear infections that got to the point of my ear drums nearly exploding. I had several surgeries to put tubes in to help with this issue. Because of this I was not able to have an accurate hearing test till I was 20. At this point my whole life changed. I was now required to wear hearing aids and the uncertainty of the future was scary. I was told they don’t know how my hearing loss will progress. It was hard to grasp that I could stop hearing music or my future children and grandchildren`s laughter. At this point, I decided to act by getting my hearing aids and I am currently learning sign language.
After I got my hearing aids I noticed I was having troubles distinguishing and locating sounds thus I decided that a hearing dog would be an awesome idea especially since I love dogs and animals in general. I began doing research and here we are today. I am excited for my new NEADS Service Dog for hearing and look forward to all the years we will have together. Thank you for your support.
*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.