Meet ECAD Client Erica Gilbert
My name is Erica Gilbert. I was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when I was an infant as a result of a brain bleed that was caused by meningitis at birth.
Now, I am twenty-three years old and I live in Massachusetts in my own home with my older sister Jennifer. I use a power chair to get around and we have a wheelchair accessible van for transportation. I love to take walks and enjoy nature and I love to shop!
I have been fortunate to have had a service dog by my side since I was seven years old, when I received my first dog. I got my current service dog when I was thirteen and she quickly became my best friend. Her name is Shine. I take Shine with me everywhere I go. She helps me open doors and turn on lights and retrieve things for me when I drop them; she can also help me take off my jacket, shoes and socks. She helps me be independent and motivates me to go out into the community and do things for myself. She also helps me manage my anxiety both in and outside of my home.
However, since Shine is getting to the age when she’ll soon need to retire as a service dog, I need to make plans for my next service dog.
Recently, while visiting ECAD and meeting a few of the Service Dogs-in-training, my family and I knew immediately that an ECAD Service Dog will improve my quality of life and help me continue to gain more independence.
Thank you for your generous gifts to ECAD in honor of Erica Gilbert.
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.