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.
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.