Hope Welch is a college student who is ambitious and hard-working. However, her physical disabilities make it difficult for her to function as fully as she would like. An ECAD Service Dog will greatly improve her life, both physically and emotionally, which is why Hope is seeking funds to obtain a four-legged new best friend.
My name is Hope Welch, I’m 20 years old and have a passion for the law. I am a student at New Jersey Institute of Technology and I have dreams of becoming a future lawyer. I love being a part of the Pre-Law Society at NJIT and the community that this school has given me. Being a student and balancing my school work with my chronic illnesses is hard. There's a lot you need to do to be a successful college student, and sometimes that can interfere with self-care. Simple things like walking to class can be exhausting, but I get by with a little help from my friends.
I have Crohn’s disease, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS). The POTS can cause me to black out when I stand up too quickly or stand in the shower in one position too long. I fall frequently and have balance problems, which are worse in the dark. In crowd situations people often bump me accidentally or step on my foot and pull my ankles, knees, or hips out which, makes the falls worse.
I manage as a college student, get my homework done (most of the time—don't tell my mom!) and get to class most days, but chronic pain and recovering from injuries make my attendance spotty. Because of this I've had to limit my involvement in clubs, and volunteer event, and I don't really get to go the mall or watch movies with my friends.
More than anything, I want some help to offset the pain and fatigue of daily activities. I think a servicedog that can help me carry things, pick things up, and open doors for me will really help me feel moreconfident in my daily life. If I am better able to walk and balance I’ll feel like a better employee when I move into the workforce, and be more comfortable going out and less afraid that people will accidentally hurt me. As I work my way through college, I really want to be independent, to have the opportunity, to travel, maybe even go to law school in Texas, where I was born.
I want to get to a place where my body can meet the ambitions I have for myself. I want to have a future where I feel good, know my limitations and can get over the hump of feeling sick and hurting and limited by fear. I want a service dog I can care for and who can help me take care of me.
Thank you for your generous support to help ECAD educate a service dog for Hope.
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please complete the form and mail it to ECAD, P.O. Box 831, Torrington, CT 06790.