Tracy Cornell & Skye

From: Coventry, RI
Program: Service Dog
Minimum Goal: $8,000 | Amount Raised:$8,000

In November 2017, I was matched with my service partner Skye. I had a feeling that my life would change, but I didn’t realize how much. He has helped me navigate through living with a mobility issues. He picks things up for me that I drop. He even opens and closes the door. One thing I never knew was how much he would affect me emotionally. He has given me a new lease on life and a reason to keep going every day. I am forever thankful for the work that NEADS does to change so many lives. It costs $42,000 to raise and train Skye. Please help with a donation.

Artist and photographer, independent and caring, these are the words I want to define me, not cancer and rheumatoid arthritis patient. My name is Tracy Cornell and since 2004 when diagnosed with my first battle with Ovarian cancer, to 2006 when the Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) diagnosis was made, my life changed dramatically.

RA is an auto immune disease which attacks joints and organs, causing inflammation and destruction, resulting in chronic pain and fatigue. It also makes me vulnerable to many other Illnesses through my weakened immune system. The side effects of medications and surgeries along with progressing RA symptoms have caused me to learn how to live life again. Simple tasks I once took for granted such as opening a door or zipping my jacket, are often complicated and frustrating.

As my illnesses progress, I recognize the need for help that will allow me to continue to live a fulfilling life doing things I love that much longer. I learned about NEADS, and the wonderful work they do, through searching for service dogs options. I am honored and privileged to say I am now matched with my new companion. Having the assistance of a NEADS Service Dog to open doors, push elevator buttons, or helping me to balance when I’m unstable has given me a renewed sense of confidence and freedom. The physical and emotional support that Skye provides only inspires me to get the most out of life. Thank you for taking the time to read my story.


*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.

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