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 the dog 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.
My name is Sarah, and I’m a proud mom to my pretty, red-headed daughter Lily, who has the genetic disorder Angelman Syndrome. Lily enjoys the simple things in life–snuggling with her loved ones, going for walks, eating tasty food, and swinging in her swing. Unfortunately, Angelman Syndrome inhibits her ability to fully experience all that life offers. She struggles to walk, to speak, to grasp, to see, and to focus, yet not a day goes by that she does not give me the brightest smile I have ever seen and the best belly laugh in the world.
My name is Denise and I am a resident of western North Carolina. I live with my 2-year-old rescue hound mix, Violet. The two of us live in a small two bedroom home in Waynesville just outside the town limits at the base of the great Smokey Mountains. I have been on disability since 2011 when a tethered spinal cord release surgery failed. My life has been a series of physical challenges, which I have met and frequently conquered in order to have an active, good quality of life. A gradual, continual weakness has had a negative effect on my independence that will be greatly improved with a service dog through PAALS.
Hello! My name is Susan Woodley and I live in Blythewood, SC. I am married and have two beautiful daughters. I am a Preschool Autism Teacher at Lake Carolina Elementary in Richland Two School District. I have been teaching for 16 years, 13 of those years have been at Lake Carolina Elementary. I work with 3 and 4 year olds with autism. My students spend the entire school day in my classroom. We work on social skills, communication skills, academic skills, fine motor and gross motor skills, self-help skills and so much more in our everyday routines. My students usually enter my class shortly after being diagnosed with autism and leave after their preschool years. My students come with a variety of abilities and my goal is to create learners that are as independent as possible and learn the skills to be successful in their school environment.