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Educate an Assistance Dog in Honor of: Elle Fishman

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Amount raised: $21,941

Amount left: $2,559


Elle Fishman is an adorable little girl with a beautiful and kind demeanor.  Elle and her mom, Abigail, were excited to visit
ECAD recently to interact with potential service dogs. 

      Elle's Story:

Our daughter Elle was born in 2013. I had a perfectly normal pregnancy, but was informed that Elle had microcephaly, or a smaller than typical head, after her first exam in the hospital. In 2015, an MRI showed that Elle has cerebellar hypoplasia. In Elle’s case, her cerebellum is underdeveloped.


This affects many of Elle’s gross and fine motor skills. Elle has always been late to her milestones, rolling over and sitting on her own. She still can’t stand on her own, and she is not yet able to speak.

Other than all of that, Elle is just like any four year old girl. She is stubborn and sassy and so smart. She is strong and absolutely fearless. She is almost as good on the bar and the climbing wall at our house as her brother, Shae. Elle keeps up with her peers at school, she knows her letters and numbers and colors. She participates in all of their activities, with the support of her one-on-one aid. Elle understands everything you say to her and wants to be just like all of the other kids.


Elle is able to walk with support. She has stopped using her walker because it slows her down and it makes her feel different than the other children. Having a mobility assistance service dog would allow Elle to move at her own pace; and, importantly, to have the independence she so badly desires. A service dog will allow Elle to access areas that a walker cannot reach, such as up and down stairs.


ECAD, the nonprofit organization that is educating a dog for Elle, asks each family to raise $25,000 towards the cost of breeding, raising, and training the service dog. We’re asking for any help that you can possibly offer.

Thank you for your generous support to help ECAD educate a service dog for Elle. 

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
M Colleen H donated $25 on 10/16/2017
best wishes-Colleen
Lori G donated $100 on 8/30/2017
May Elle have all the most wonderful things in life!
Deb and Sandeep R donated $150 on 8/28/2017
Sharan R donated $100 on 8/27/2017
In Honor of Elle Fishman
Virginia B donated $56 on 8/7/2017
Toward Elle Fishman's dog, in loving memory of my friend Susan Gordon.
Christina P donated $100 on 8/4/2017
Thank you "Ms. Gordon" for being such a wonderful teacher to my son, Ben.
jean and larry l donated $50 on 8/3/2017
in honor of susan gordon
Barbara & Mark C donated $72 on 8/2/2017
In memory of Susan Gordon
Marc A donated $180 on 8/2/2017
Mary Ann Kelly C donated $50 on 7/30/2017
For Elle Fishman in memory of her Grandma, Susan Gordon, a nursing school classmate.
Jason L donated $2500 on 7/29/2017
Jason L donated $100 on 7/29/2017
Matt and Abigail, that infectious smile says it all, you are amazing parents. To Elle's continued happiness! See you guys soon. Love Jason
keville t donated $50 on 7/27/2017
In memory of my classmate and friend, Dr Susan Gordon.
Gloria M donated $100 on 7/27/2017
Nancy L donated $100 on 7/27/2017
I hope she gets this helper dog asap what a sweetie.
Shirlee S donated $100 on 7/27/2017
In loving memory of my dear friend and colleague, Dr. Susan Greenberg Gordon.
Mary G donated $50 on 7/26/2017
In memory of Susan Greenberg Gordon, a wonderful classmate and a great leader in the nursing profession.
Courtney B donated $25 on 7/26/2017
In memory of Susan Gordon
Ellen A donated $50 on 7/25/2017
In memory of Grandma Susan Gordon
Shauna W donated $100 on 7/24/2017
We are so excited for Elle to experience the joys and benefits that will come from having such a close bond with her service dog.
Patricia B donated $200 on 7/24/2017
In loving memory of her grandma, Susan. Pat B.
Robert W donated $100 on 7/24/2017
Page S donated $100 on 7/24/2017
For a lovely girl and her family.