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Educate an Open Doors Assistance Dog in Honor of: Kay Spencer

Fundraising global stats: 18% left

Amount raised: $20,046

Amount left: $4,454


When Kay visited ECAD’s Canine Education and Wellness Center, and met several of the Service Dogs-in-Training, 
she knew immediately that a service dog will improve her quality of life by restoring her independence .  


Meet ECAD Client Kay Spencer

I grew up in the hills of East Tennessee, in a well-educated, articulate, highly creative community.  Venturing forth from my hometown at age 17, I attended a small college near Knoxville, and then began my career as a music teacher and keyboard accompanist.  I ended up moving to North Carolina, where my husband and I raised our two wonderful sons, taught music, and worked as Ministers of Music.

Now, as I enter senior adulthood, I have an unwelcome companion: Parkinson’s disease. Diagnosed in August 2008, my life has been radically altered by the disease that seems determined to steal all of who I was and what I could do! I can no longer teach or make music; or even move independently!

However, with a specially educated ECAD Service Dog by my side, I will regain the freedom and independence to do more of the things I love. Importantly, my dog will greatly increase my confidence with walking, assist me with rising from a seated position, and in the retrieval of objects I may inadvertently drop.

Sewing, an old favorite hobby, gratefully has not been robbed by my disability. Currently, I am making fully lined, multi-jointed teddy bears from old fur coats and bathrobes to help raise funds for ECAD. Every donor who gives a tax-deductible gift of $750 or more to ECAD in my honor will receive one of my bears as a thank you from me personally. Or, if you choose, I will make a custom memory bear from material you provide.

Your generous support will help improve the independence, mobility, and mental health for those of us with disabilities through the very special gift of an ECAD Service Dog.

Thank you for your generous gifts to ECAD in honor of Kay Spencer.

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
Mary I donated $26.31 on 5/4/2020
Kathryn S donated $500.45 on 4/14/2020
Finished, thanks to my Mom’s estate and many generous friends!
Kathryn S donated $1037.87 on 3/22/2020
Kathryn S donated $78.18 on 3/13/2020
Kathryn S donated $2075.37 on 3/13/2020
Thanks to my Mom and Dad who lived so frugally that they left a sizable estate. And, thanks to the many friends who have jumped in to help.
Sandra M donated $104.12 on 3/12/2020
Dear Friend-Looking forward to the day you get your special dog with pleasure! You are a powerful gift from God in so many ways!
Kathryn S donated $2905.37 on 2/28/2020
Kathryn S donated $52.25 on 2/10/2020
Kathryn S donated $3994.75 on 2/4/2020
Kathryn S donated $4980.37 on 2/3/2020
Lynn Y donated $104.12 on 2/1/2020
Inspired by your spirit of courage and optimism
Catherine D donated $104.1 on 1/9/2020
Diane A donated $52.23 on 1/6/2020
Kimberly D donated $104.1 on 1/5/2020
We love you Kay! Steve and Kim Draper Linda and Jessica Mabry
Janice C donated $104.1 on 1/2/2020
Barbara R donated $104.1 on 1/1/2020
Blessings to you, Kay!
Debra S donated $104.1 on 12/31/2019
I hope the day when your service dog comes to ADK with you comes very soon!! Pres Deb
Martha H donated $778.48 on 12/31/2019
In support of Kay as she continues to inspire those with Parkinson's
Patricia B donated $52.23 on 12/31/2019
Susanne T donated $52.23 on 12/31/2019
Deborah P donated $26.29 on 12/31/2019
Kathryn S donated $1037.85 on 12/30/2019
Kathryn S donated $545.04 on 12/12/2019
Jan Z donated $26.29 on 12/3/2019
Dear Kay, I know your service dog will make such a difference in your life. I pray you will continue reaching your personal goals. Love, Jan
Carol M donated $519.1 on 11/27/2019
I love you Kay. I can't wait to meet your new companion!