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Educate an Open Doors Assistance Dog in Honor of: Edna Bronzino

Fundraising global stats: 44% left

Amount raised: $13,810

Amount left: $10,690

Edna Bronzino enjoys hiking and volunteering to educate beach-goers about the endangered monk seals on Kauai Beach
while staying with her family for part of each year in Hawaii. But while living alone on Long Island, NY for the rest of the year,
Edna realizes how important a service dog would be to help maintain her independence.

            Edna's Story:

Sixteen years ago, I was hit by a truck in a horrible car accident; and that’s how I found out I had Multiple Sclerosis. In the car, I fell backwards and forwards and back again, resulting in severe whiplash to my neck. At the hospital, when they x-rayed me, a lesion on my spinal cord revealed MS — the disease I didn’t know I had.


Over the years, the MS has progressively impaired my gait and my balance. And, after having had two bad falls recently, I knew it was time to get some help to try to maintain my lifestyle as much as possible, especially when I am alone. But even while I’m staying with my family for extended visits with them in Hawaii, my daughter, son-in-law, and two grandchildren also realize the positive impact a service dog will have on my life.

My grandchildren, Olivia (ten years old) and Drew (eight years old), explain it best:

Grandma always loses her balance. One day at the beach we were walking and Grandma lost her balance and fell. Thankfully, a tree was there for her to grab on to and she only scraped her toes on the lava rock. If she had a service dog, the dog could help her walk. When Grandma is playing on the floor with us, she can’t get up, so Dad always has to help her up. A service dog would help Grandma instead of Dad.

This is why I am excited about fundrasing to support ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities; and to help the organization defray the $25,000 expense of placing me with a service dog.  Your donations are greatly appreciated!


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

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

   Recent Activity
Beth L donated $50 on 2/22/2021
Aliyah T donated $25 on 7/12/2020
Cheryl B donated $200 on 7/11/2020
Edna, Mahalo for all you have done to help others. Olivia, thank you for sharing that you want $ for grandmas cause Vs. a birthday gift 💞.
Ellen M donated $100 on 10/12/2019
Deann M donated $25 on 3/17/2019
Susan B donated $87 on 3/7/2019
Shannon S donated $12 on 3/7/2019
Cindy Z donated $100 on 3/18/2018
Christine B donated $25 on 3/14/2018
Eileen T donated $25 on 3/14/2018
Joshua S donated $100 on 8/15/2017
John Darrah is a class act !
Frank M donated $25 on 8/6/2017
Patricia V donated $100 on 8/3/2017
Bless you......
Neil H donated $100 on 8/2/2017
Laura D donated $1000 on 8/1/2017
Jeffrey S donated $200 on 7/31/2017
Mary Kay H donated $100 on 7/30/2017
Thanks for being such a great member of our MS Support Group Edna.
Rocky & Jean B donated $100 on 7/29/2017
We’re happy to help support you and ECAD. Good luck with your new companion, Edna.
Barbara B donated $100 on 7/29/2017
Hi Ed, hope today is a great day. Love you and miss you.
Mary P donated $25 on 7/29/2017
Kiera L donated $50 on 7/28/2017
Karen B donated $100 on 7/28/2017
Good Luck Aunt Edna. I love you!!! PleasE donate if you can.
JOHN K D donated $100 on 7/7/2017