Allison “Allie” Denelsbeck participated in the school Marching Band and graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in Agriculture and Extension Education. Allie has been an active member of the 4-H community since she was five years old. She is currently working on a Masters degree in Agriculture and she also enjoys being artistic and making crafts for others. However, Allie’s main goal is to be “teamed” with an ECAD Service Dog that will help her gain back her independence.
Seven years ago, when I was a patient at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, I was diagnosed with an illness known as Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS). POTS can cause lightheadedness, fainting, tachycardia, chest pains and shortness of breath, GI upset, shaking, exercise intolerance, temperature sensitivity, and much more. The disability seen in this illness is often described by medical professionals to be comparable to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and congestive heart failure. Since my original diagnosis, I have also been diagnosed with many of the illness’s co-morbidities (illnesses that often accompany this diagnosis), including Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Mast Cell Activation Disorder.
The symptoms I struggle the most with from these illnesses are standing for long periods of time, chronic pain, and the inability to bend down. The good news is that I have been accepted as a candidate for a specially educated service dog from ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities, located in Torrington, CT. The assistance from a service dog will allow me to regain some of my independence.
Breeding and training service dogs are very expensive. This is why I am excited to be fundraising to support ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities, the nonprofit organization that is educating a service dog for me. The dog will know the responses needed during and after a POTS episode, and will help me care for my symptoms that are always present. Please consider helping me to obtain this much needed opportunity. I am extremely grateful that you have taken the time to read my story.
Thank you for your generous support to help ECAD educate a service dog for Allie.
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.