Clients are given the option to fundraise to cover their tuition fee for team training (the 2 1/2-week class they take to learn how to work with their assistance dog before taking home). The cost is $5,000, which is only a small part of the $25,000-$29,000 that it takes to raise, train and place each assistance dog. You can help by donating all or a portion of the sponsorship by clicking on the person listed below.
Hi. My name is Dennis Price. I live in Gastonia, NC with my wife and son. I am a US Army Retired veteran with 15 years of service. I was injured in Iraq in 2006 by a suicide vehicle that detonated in my convoy. Which resulted in a TBI and PTSD. I tried for so long to avoid admitting I was suffering from PTSD which took a toll on my Family and everyone around me. My world came crashing down and almost resulted in my own life ending.
Hey! My name is Bethany Clark and I live in Columbia, SC with my miniature Australian Shepherd, Roxy. I am a physical therapist at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital Outpatient Physical and Specialty Therapies. I work with children who have an array of medical diagnoses including: cerebral palsy and TBI to strokes and developmental delay, as well as Autism, cancer, and spinal cord injury. My patients range in age from a couple months to early teenagers.
This is my story, this is my joy, this is my pain. My name is Debora, I am a survivor.
Here is my story. I am a PROUD Retired Army MSG. I entered the Army is 1997 after completing two years of college. I needed and wanted something more than college at that time. I ALWAYS loved the military, even as a child; so I decided I would join the Army. The fear, the being away from home, the not knowing anyone, all gripped me, but I went into the unknown, and it was a dream come true.
My name is Rebecca Amick. I live in Lexington, SC with my loving husband, Josh, and our Pomeranian, Harley. I achieved my bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Social Work at the University of South Carolina and my masters degree in Occupational Therapy at Medical University of South Carolina. Most of my time is spent spending quality time with family, friends, and Harley. My hobbies include photography, gardening, boating, and volunteering.
For just over 13 years, I have struggled with the horrors of PTSD.
Smart, loving, silly, dedicated, and doggone fabulous; these are the traits of my vibrant service dog, Casper. A yellow Labrador retriever who not only became my PAAL(S) five years ago, but literally, my right hand guy. Having a rare neuro-muscular disability which affects the use of my hands and legs, since birth, Casper is the third service dog to enrich my life. Like all good things do, his time as my service dog is coming to an end. For all his loyalty, companionship, determination, and selfless work, his 401 K and retirement are well deserved. His heartfelt personality and deep, giving nature has encouraged me to embark on a new adventure, knowing he is ready to embrace another canine friend into our home and lives to serve as his successor.