When Lucas visited ECAD with his parents Lisa and Tim, and met several of the Service Dogs-in-Training, they knew
immediately that an ECAD Service Dog will increase Lucas’s independence and quality of life.
Meet ECAD Client Lucas Canniff
Lucas has endured more in the short five years of his life than most people will in a lifetime. Born a healthy baby boy, for the first eleven months he was developing typically, meeting all of his milestones and just on the brink of walking. All of that changed dramatically when a very rare blood clot on Lucas’s spinal cord was discovered when he was just shy of his first birthday. As a result of the blood clot, Lucas is paralyzed from the waist down.
The thing about Lucas is that he has the gift of innocence, drive and determination. After several years of intense therapy, including physical, occupational, speech, recreational, and aquatic therapy for many hours a day, he has taught himself how to get down off of a couch, how to “skateboard”, how to have a successful water balloon fight with his siblings, and most recently how to swim. Just when you think Lucas has reached the biggest point in his recovery, he does something else to completely “wow” you.
Lucas doesn’t know how to give up; when he wants to do something, he most certainly finds a way, especially when it involves playing with other kids. His infectious smile, curiosity and determination will continue to guide him not only on his path of recovery, but as he faces the many mountains, valleys, and plateaus of life.
With the help of an ECAD Service Dog by his side, not only will Lucas’s confidence in himself and his skills continue to grow, but his family’s peace of mind will increase, knowing that Lucas’s dog will keep him safe.
Thank you for your generous gifts to ECAD in honor of Lucas Canniff.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.