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Educate an Open Doors Assistance Dog in Honor of: Elizabeth Cavaliere

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Meet ECAD Client Elizabeth Cavaliere

My name is Elizabeth Cavaliere and I am a junior in high school. On the outside I look like an ordinary 16-year-old girl who is leading a happy life. While I am living an extremely happy life filled with friends, family and laughter, I have many trials and tribulations standing in the way of my independence.

After a long search and many undiagnosed symptoms, at the age of 15 we learned that I have a condition called Autoimmune Encephalitis. I soon began treatment but had already experienced memory loss and cognitive deficits. Because of it I have developed two forms of neuropathy, multiple movement disorders, and a balance disorder. It also worsened my pre-existing conditions, visual disorders and an autoimmune condition in which my body does not regulate my heart rate or blood pressure when changing positions. This causes me to pass out frequently. I am also experiencing lots of dislocations and subluxations of my joints, so a connective tissue disorder diagnosis is on the horizon.

These conditions test me every day in many ways. I have difficulty opening drawers due to shoulder dislocations, coordinating movements such as walking and holding items, feeling balanced and centered in space, stepping up on curbs and judging the distance of a moving car. I have lack of sensation in my legs, and I often feel faint and experience a lot of pain. As of now my medical challenges can be quite limiting. I often am unable to participate in as many activities as I want to with my family and friends.

The journey to health has and probably always will be a fight for me. However, after visiting ECAD and interacting with some of the Service Dogs-in-training, my family and I are confident that a service dog will help me gain more independence. The dog will perform everyday tasks such as opening drawers, helping me over uneven ground, retrieving dropped items, reminding me to take medications, performing Deep Pressure Therapy to help with pain, and most importantly, aiding me with mobility.

While I may never be cured and the future is uncertain, I am confident that my level of independence will be greatly improved by having an ECAD Service Dog by my side.

                      Thank you for your generous gifts to ECAD in honor of Elizabeth Cavaliere.

Donations are 100% tax-deductible as allowable by law.  If your employer has a Matching Gift program, please complete the form and mail it to ECAD, P.O. Box 831, Torrington, CT 06790.

   Recent Activity
Hanna H donated $104.1 on 11/1/2019
Wishing you all the best, Elizabeth.
Abigail G donated $265.95 on 9/17/2019
The National Honors Society is excited to complete your goal and can't wait to hear about how much this dog is helping you!
Kathy and Joe S donated $78.16 on 9/17/2019
Best Wishes to Elizabeth and her new dog.
Evelyn B donated $52.23 on 9/17/2019
Jennifer N donated $10.72 on 9/17/2019
Maureen M donated $31.48 on 9/16/2019
Elisa W donated $52.23 on 9/16/2019
Good luck Elizabeth!!
Yolanda F donated $52.23 on 9/16/2019
Nori L donated $52.23 on 9/16/2019
Pasquale C donated $104.1 on 9/13/2019
This contribution made by John and Natalee Denard.
Pasquale C donated $1000 on 9/13/2019
This donation was made by St. Mary Church, Stonington, CT Blessing of the Fleet.
Nancy L donated $31.48 on 8/11/2019
Mary-Lou D donated $104.1 on 8/2/2019
So close! Full of hope!
AnneFay S donated $78.16 on 8/1/2019
Jana G donated $52.23 on 8/1/2019
Allison V donated $104.1 on 7/30/2019
Hoping you reach your goal soon!!
Pamela Y donated $52.23 on 7/30/2019
Shellah P donated $20 on 7/29/2019
Jennifer M donated $78.16 on 7/29/2019
Elizabeth, looking forward to this great opportunity for you. You are a remarkable young lady!
Andrea N donated $104.1 on 7/29/2019
Elizabeth, you are an inspiration !
Jessica D donated $26.29 on 7/26/2019
Leslie W donated $100 on 7/25/2019
We are soo proud of you, Elizabeth! 💖Love Leslie, Carl, Jessica and Stephanie Weber
Angela and Fred W donated $104.1 on 7/23/2019
Best wishes for success with your dog.
Denise G donated $21.1 on 7/21/2019
Margaret R donated $104.1 on 7/20/2019