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Educate an Open Doors Assistance Dog in Honor of: Reese Roback

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Reese looks forward to being placed with her new best friend, an ECAD Service Dog. The dog will be specially trained to help Reese navigate her environment and the world around her. The dog will help Reese gain more independence with walking and mobility and will be her forever friend. Please join us by making a donation today.



Meet ECAD Client: Reese Roback

Reese Roback is an 8-year old girl who lives in Melrose, MA with her mom, dad and brother Max. In many ways Reese is like other 8-year old kids doing things like going to school, playing, spending time with her family and using her iPad. Her smile lights up the room and she loves to laugh. However, when she was just two years old, Reese was diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome.


Likely, you have never heard of Angelman Syndrome, it is a very rare genetic disorder only affecting approximately 1 in 15,000 children born. People with Angelman Syndrome like Reese have significant developmental delays, cognitive delays, lack of speech, difficultly walking and seizures. While Reese has made great progress with her many therapies, this will be a lifelong disorder and she will require lifelong care.


An ECAD Service Dog will help Reese navigate the world safely. The dog will help Reese with her mobility and balance and allow her to walk more independently. Most importantly, the dog will be her best friend, providing unconditional love and support and receiving all of Reese’s love in return. We know a bond like this will help Reese gain more confidence as she continually navigates all the challenges the world presents her.


As her parents, when faced with Reese's Angelman Syndrome diagnosis we grieved for everything we thought her life would look like. Today, while we still have to manage that grief, we are also able to evolve our hopes and dreams into a new ones as we think about what her future will look like. We know love, support and companionship are some of the greatest gifts we can give to Reese. Please help us as we forage a new future for Reese with her new best friend by her side, an ECAD Service Dog.

Thank you for the gifts made in Reese's honor to help her and others like her. We greatly appreciate your generous support!
ECAD is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions are 100% tax-deductible as allowable by law. 
For checks, payable to ECAD: Please mail to address below, with “Reese Roback” in the subject line. If your employer has a Matching Gift program, please complete the required form and mail it to ECAD. 

ECAD's mailing address is:
PO Box 831
Torrington, CT 06790

   Recent Activity
State Rep Kate Lipper-Garabedian donated $50 on 7/1/2021
Grymek Family donated $52.25 on 6/24/2021
Rick Brownell and Family donated $259.74 on 6/18/2021
Sladja V. (Facebook Fundraiser) donated $260 on 6/15/2021
Julie Slotnik Sturm donated $26.31 on 6/14/2021
Thank you to Michelle Walsh Carson for making me aware of this fundraiser supporting Reese.
Sladja V. donated $104.12 on 6/8/2021
Kyle and Charlotte Fugere donated $259.74 on 6/4/2021
Lisa and Tyler Ballew donated $52.25 on 6/3/2021
We remember Reese from Ms Andrea’s class in 2017. Our daughter Helen was a classmate. Cheers to lots of doggie snuggles in your future :)
Diane Denton donated $259.74 on 6/3/2021
Bob and Susan donated $100 on 6/2/2021
Rick and Mike (JEMS Financial) donated $1000 on 6/2/2021
James Denton donated $500 on 6/2/2021
by Anonymous donated $1037.87 on 6/2/2021
Jim, Melinda, and Jacob donated $26.31 on 6/1/2021
Terri and Jeffrey Goldberg donated $26.31 on 6/1/2021
by Anonymous donated $1037.87 on 6/1/2021
What a wonderful gift for Reese!!
Chuck and Debbie Sailer donated $104.12 on 6/1/2021
Liz Brodeur donated $52.25 on 5/31/2021
Linda D donated $104.12 on 5/31/2021
It has been an honor to work with Reese this year. She brightens my day with her beautiful smile and personality! Let's get her that dog!
Kennedy and Sammy Hammar donated $50 on 5/31/2021
Good luck, Reese! Hope to see you and your new friend around school!
Gail Infurna donated $21.12 on 5/31/2021
Rebecca Munro donated $50 on 5/31/2021
Patrice donated $21.12 on 5/31/2021
William and Catherine Denton donated $259.74 on 5/31/2021
Olivia Joyal donated $104.12 on 5/31/2021
I enjoyed three ECC summers with Reese! Good luck with your new dog Reese!