Thomas P. Griffen
Who Am I?
What are Proudest Accomplishments?
I am a curious person and rarely say no to new experiences or requests. My family is very important to me. Curious by nature, I am not afraid to make a stand on issues or to defend a friend. I do not lie or like to be lied to. I am a generous person and like to help those around me. When I get involved in something, I do it with commitment and passion. I do not like half-done things. I can be impatient and I am driven by a spirit of perfection. I will doubt until proven wrong.
What was my Career and Profession?
My spouse, Dorothy, and our married life together since October 11, 1987.
My daughter, Bernadette, and my son, Geoffrey, who are the two greatest gifts a father could ever want and a legacy that is unmatched.
Where was I educated?
Teacher: History and Social Studies – Secondary Education Grades 9-12
Human Resources: Workforce Development, Education & Training, Personnel Administration, HRIS Statistics and Analytics
Do I hold Certifications?
Fairfield University Master of Arts Educational Administration
Boston College Bachelor of Arts Major: History Minor: Secondary Education
Have I achieved a Significant Recognitionand Award?
Connecticut Social Studies 7-12 (026) #6281649110 Intermediate Initial Educator 9/1/2012 - 8/31/2013 and Provisional Teaching 1/27/1986 -1/26/1996
Massachusetts History 7-12 Professional Educator #250730 8/1981 -Present
NASDTEC and NCATE Approved Program & institutionally endorsed for licensure in History 7-12
What are my Hobbies?
Eagle Scout Boy Scouts of America
Camping, Genealogy, Historical sites, Travel, Musical Instruments, Photography, Family Relatives & Friends
What is my favorite saying?
“There, but for the grace of God, go I”
I was diagnosed with MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS in 2002.
I began to take M.S. injectable therapy 3x a week. What better than to make this a family event? After all, we were all in this together and in the words of F.D.R., “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself!” (Hey, I am a B.C. HISTORY major LOL) We all learned how to give me the injections and we all, including my children, took turnts administering my shots. This gave me such a source of strenth as we faced the challenges together. I know receive monthly imfusion therapy at the Yale Multiple Sclerosis Center and I have frequent MRIs to monitor brain and spinal cord lesions. Together, we have conguered our fears as we face the future of the unknown
I also have DIABETES TYPE 1 (Juvenile Diabetes) which was diagnosed in 1988.
After years of using hypodermic needles and giving myself insulin injections several times a day, I now use an Insulin Pump for my therapy. It has helped me manage, but not eliminate, hypoglycemic and hyperglycemic episodes. Being awakened by EMT and Fire Personnel in my bedroom in the middle of the night is frightening and something we work hard to avoid. In 2008, I survived a HEART ATTACK and have 3 stents. Today, I am still in Cardiac Rehab where I exercise regularly and enjoy cardiovascular and strenth training under the supervised eye of the great staff of nurses and trainers.
As a result of the progression of these co-morbidities and the resulting complications, I was granted my Disability Retirement from my employer and I am pursuing a SERVICE ANIMAL from ECAD – EDUCATED CANINES FOR ASSISTING WITH DISABILITIES.
I am asking for your financial assistance in meeting my fundraising goal of $10,000 so that I may add a SERVICE ANIMAL to my family and as member of my team.
Through it all, I have come to learn and apreciate that ....... WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. AND TOGETHER, WE WILL CONTINUE TO FACE THE UNKNOWNS AND CONQUER OUR FEARS!
Service Dogs cost $25,000 to breed, train, place, and certify the dog with a client. As medical insurance does not cover the expense, even though a service dog is a valuable piece of durable medical equipment, the clients are expected to raise funds to offset the expenses.
As of November 1, 2017 I have raised a total of $10,875 .... $5,560 from electronic donations to this portal and $5,315 in check donations made directly to ECAD in my name. I have credited the check donations against the $25m
ECAD Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities