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

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Amount raised: $14,191

Amount left: $10,309


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
Kailee D donated $467.23 on 4/15/2019
With love from Kailee's friends & family! <3
Pasquale C donated $1556.6 on 4/4/2019
This generous contribution was made possible from funds raised at the Stonington High School Black Light Dance.
Rob C donated $259.72 on 3/10/2019
Rob C donated $519.1 on 3/10/2019
Karen C donated $1000 on 3/10/2019
This contribution is made possible through the generosity of the Stonington Paraprofessional Union Local 1996
Patricia Munzer M donated $104.1 on 3/4/2019
Best Wishes and Hugs!
Augustus C donated $52.23 on 3/3/2019
Karen G donated $52.23 on 1/23/2019
Susan S donated $315 on 1/21/2019
Very exciting times ~ two weddings and your new Pup-Friend! So Wonderful...Love You Elizabeth! Auntie Sue & Uncle too
Maureen B donated $104.1 on 1/16/2019
Steven P donated $52.23 on 1/14/2019
With prayers. Love The Planchon’s.
Gabbey L donated $104.1 on 1/10/2019
From the LaChance Family - Sending lots of love to Lil'Cavaliere
Kevin S donated $1037.85 on 1/5/2019
Susan S donated $104.1 on 1/5/2019
Hugs & love from Aunt Chooie
Dawn H donated $26.29 on 1/4/2019
Sue W donated $26.29 on 1/4/2019
Elizabeth is such a sweet girl and deserves the best
Lori N donated $78.16 on 1/2/2019
I can't wait for you to get your dog!
Jarrod N donated $78.16 on 1/2/2019
Good luck Elizabeth!
Robert & Martha D donated $52.23 on 12/31/2018
abbie g donated $104.1 on 12/30/2018
Good luck with your pup!
Laurence B donated $104.1 on 12/28/2018
Amy R donated $26.29 on 12/28/2018
Carrie D donated $26.29 on 12/28/2018
Tammy D donated $104.1 on 12/28/2018
Keenen & Catey W donated $119.66 on 12/28/2018
Love you little sister your one of the strongest people I know