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Educate an Open Doors Assistance Dog in Honor of: Samuel Fehan

Fundraising global stats: 49% left

Amount raised: $12,556

Amount left: $11,944

Samuel looks forward to being placed with his ECAD Service Dog, who will be specially trained

 to balance him while walking and climbing stairs.  Sam’s dog will

improve the quality of his life and help Sam fulfill his dream of gaining greater independence.


Meet ECAD Client: Samuel Fehan


My name is Samuel Fehan and I am here today to ask for your help. 


Although I am a lot like you were at eleven years old; playing sports, going to the park and hanging out with friends and family, every day is a battle


You see, during the very first appointment with my pediatrician, the doctor noticed something was not quite right and this began my family’s journey of trying to find a way for me to not only survive - but to thrive. 


And today, you can be a part of this journey with your amazing support! 


Right after birth, and several tests later, I was diagnosed with Down syndrome. I struggle with low muscle tone which makes simple day to day tasks much harder. Walking up and down stairs is a dangerous challenge for me due to my poor balance. I also have a hard time communicating with my peers because my speech can be very tough to understand. A few times, I have even wandered away on my own since I was not able to communicate that I wanted to go somewhere. 


I am sure you can imagine how difficult my life has been.


But today, I have hope! 


I have hope that I will be able to live my life with more independency while pursuing my dreams. And with your help, my dreams can come true!


With your help, I will have the confidence and balance to join the other kids playing in my neighborhood.


With your help, I will have an anchor that will keep me from wandering away from my family.


With your help today, me and others like me will be one step closer to receiving a Service Dog that will allow us to live life on our terms. 


Thank you for gifts made in my honor to help me and other people like me. We greatly appreciate your generous support!


Thank you for your generous gifts to ECAD in honor of Samuel Fehan.


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 “Samuel Fehan” 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
by Anonymous donated $21.12 on 8/5/2021
Sophie Greenwood donated $52.25 on 8/5/2021
Who’s winning donated $104.12 on 8/5/2021
JIM LOCKHART donated $259.74 on 8/5/2021
JD, Trista, Jack and Maddie donated $104.12 on 8/5/2021
Love this for Sam
Ginni and George Klier donated $104.12 on 8/5/2021
Can’t wait to meet your new friend, Sam!
by Anonymous donated $52.25 on 8/3/2021
Jim and Maura Mayo and family donated $52.25 on 8/3/2021
So exciting for Sam - all the best!
Mary LaPorte donated $26.31 on 8/3/2021
Jenelle O'Neil donated $104.12 on 8/3/2021
Loney Family donated $26.31 on 8/3/2021
MARY MOORE donated $52.25 on 8/3/2021
Maureen and Rusty Knight donated $78.18 on 8/3/2021
So happy to help you with your new dog, Sam!!
Kyla and Patrick Alberti donated $26.31 on 8/3/2021
Charlie and Ralphie Deane donated $519.12 on 7/30/2021
Kathy and Mark McGillicuddy donated $52.25 on 7/29/2021
Deborah Morrissey donated $104.12 on 7/28/2021
Best of luck with your new dog Sam! This donation is to celebrate our dog loving friends Kate & Craig Low’s 51st anniversary!
The Blatons donated $52.25 on 7/28/2021
Sandra Mayo donated $104.12 on 7/26/2021
Mark and Shauna Potter donated $52.25 on 7/26/2021
Janet Watkins donated $26.31 on 7/26/2021
Hope you enjoy your new companion.
by Anonymous donated $21.12 on 7/26/2021
by Anonymous donated $52.25 on 7/26/2021
David J. Jordan Jr. donated $21.12 on 7/26/2021
Sam you are a special young man! May your dreams come true and I hope you and your new furry buddy always have each other.
Janet Bargar donated $21.12 on 7/25/2021