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Educate an Open Doors Assistance Dog in Honor of: Laura Scanlon

Fundraising global stats: 9% left

Amount raised: $22,197

Amount left: $2,303


Laura Scanlon, pictured above with her four beautiful sisters, is an energenic and ambitious college student who looks forward to becoming an engineer after graduation. When Laura visited ECAD and met Service Dog-in-Training Swiss, she and her family knew immediately that a service dog will help her greatly, due to her medical condition.

Meet ECAD Client Laura Scanlon

Hi, I’m Laura Scanlon. I’m a junior at Wellesley College studying mathematics and computer science. In addition to studying, I love to do a lot of different things including wushu, gymnastics, playing games with my four sisters, woodworking, bike-riding, and baking.

I’ve been studying very hard at Wellesley to work towards my degree, but it’s been difficult. In my first year, I started having frequent cataplexy episodes that began to greatly affect my life. The first time, I was in my Linear Algebra class and suddenly collapsed. It was very scary as I was unable to move and neither I nor anyone knew what was going on.

Since then, it’s been a long road of doctor’s appointments and research to figure out what has been going on. Now that we know I have narcolepsy with cataplexy, and that I will likely continue to have unexpected and sudden episodes for the rest of my life, I’m looking for ways to mitigate any danger I’m in when they occur.


An ECAD service dog would be able to alert me when an episode is about to happen and lay by me when they happen, giving me a level of protection and therefore, independence. In addition, my service dog would be able to help me with symptoms related to narcolepsy - such as waking me up in the morning and keeping me alert throughout the day.


I’m hoping that becoming part of a service dog team though ECAD, will give me back the independence that narcolepsy and cataplexy took. This is why I am excited to be fundraising to support ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities. I’m very grateful for this opportunity and to everyone who is able to support this endeavor. Thank you!!

Thank you for your generous gifts to ECAD in honor of  Laura Scanlon.

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
Ronald B donated $100 on 9/23/2018
Rebecca S donated $2323 on 6/15/2018
This is the cash raised at the B&E fundraiser at Giovanni's. In total with the off-line donations, Laura has reached her $25000 goal!! <3
Laura S donated $35 on 6/15/2018
Thank you so much to St. Martha 's 2nd Grade Class for donating their Poster Prize winnings.
Leslie H donated $40 on 6/10/2018
Vivien S donated $50 on 6/10/2018
Carole H donated $250 on 6/9/2018
My children attend St Martha school where Mrs Scanlon is a teacher. I have also have a personal connection to a related condition .
Susan G donated $150 on 6/9/2018
We’re very sorry we can’t make the fundraiser. Really wish we could be there! Love, Susan & Stephen
Nora G donated $50 on 6/7/2018
Delphine G donated $25 on 6/7/2018
Unable to attend the benefit at Giovanni's in Glastonbury, hope this helps!
Delphine G donated $25 on 6/6/2018
Trust you reach your goal shortly.
Heather L donated $50 on 6/6/2018
Michael B donated $35 on 6/5/2018
SRIDHAR T donated $250 on 4/23/2018
Diane S donated $20 on 4/11/2018
Thank you to the Barrow Family!
Susan S donated $100 on 4/6/2018
From Penny and Gary Sawicki
Abbey K donated $375 on 4/2/2018
Saint Martha School Home & School Association Donation
Laura S donated $150 on 4/1/2018
Thank you Saint Martha School Community.
Rebecca S donated $200 on 3/25/2018
Thank you to the staff at the Academy of Martial Arts for donating their Movie Night proceeds! You Rock!
Nancy P donated $100 on 3/10/2018