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October 24, 2012
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October 24, 2012
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I am a retired combat us army soldier. i served a tour of duty in afghanistan in 2003. During my retirement, my case manager suggested a service dog to assist me with my various disabilities including mobility and ptsd. Lizzy and I graduated on the 27th of May, 2011. Since we became a service dog team, I am not afraid to go outside, a fear of unkown, unkown if I would fall or not. Lizzy is by my side making sure all goes smoothly for me. Thank you to ECAD's and Project Heal for all they do.

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2012

October 24, 2012
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October 24, 2012
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My handicap daughter needed help with her everyday life and ECAD fulfilled that need with a smart, wonderful companion that far exceeded her needs. He is such a wonderful addition to her life and helps in so many ways, as well as fills her heart with joy. Everyone at ECAD is exceptional and my daughter loved everyone. They are professional, caring, and very knowledgeable in their field. Couldn't have a better experience.

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Life-changing

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 24, 2012
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October 24, 2012
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We recently received Allen, our handsome, smart and well mannered therapy dog. He is a pleasure and a joy to work with and has done wonders in raising the spirits of not only our patients but our staff as well.

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Life-changing

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Very Well

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2012

October 23, 2012

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October 23, 2012

I received Honey last November. Because of her I have considerably improved my life. I was fast becoming more and more trapped in my own house. I have almost completely turned my life around enjoying my family and leading an almost normal life. She is also responsible for just about eliminated my night terrors. There are no words that I can express that can explain here what she has done for me.

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 23, 2012

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October 23, 2012

I got gigi from ECAD in the winter of 2010. Me and gigi have sure had a journey so far. The journey started the year I got gigi. That spring of 2010 Me and gigi won a scholarship to attend the ADA conference in Denver. It was really cool to see other people with disabilities with there service dogs. We really enjoyed ourselves there that week. I have very bad rheumtoid arthritis and depression, so getting gigi has helped alot when the days are tough to get around. The big challenge was yet to come! In 2011, I was layed off from job in march in 2011, so having gigi helped me with that transistion of not working. Then last fall my world turn upside down. I got very sick at end of october. I thought, I had a touch of the flu. Boy! Was I wrong, The day before Halloween, it SNOWED! I was very sick! I had to call the ambulence, I couldn't walk! The medics came, and I took my gigi with me! There was no way I was going to leave her behind. I was admitted into the hospital and I was hospitalized for two months! Gigi got to stay with me there at the hospital for the first week! Because the snow and ice was so bad upstate! But, a wonderful volunteer from ECAD, helped out and took care of gigi for me well I was in the hospital. It was really hard to have her gone though! I ached so bad for her. But, I knew she was safe, loved, and not that far. My bond for gigi is know even stronger! I want her to grow into an older doggie! She helps me everyday. When I am feeling down, and she knows when I am upset she knows. The people at ECAD are great people! Lu and dale spend so much time with the service dogs, they want you to really have the best service dog for you. Until you are confronted with a life of disabled person, you really don't know until your there, it doesn't mean that your life is over! It just changes and you as that person has to adapt to your new reality. Me and gigi are a team. From Richard J. Cortez & Gigi.

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Life-changing

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

October 23, 2012

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September 15, 2011

As a retired police officer suffering with PTSD ECAD has given me my life back. Housebound and not wanting any contact with the outside world I starting reading articles on service dogs that helped wi... more

October 23, 2012

ECAD is a life changing organization. With ECAD and my service dog Brady I have my life back.

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

September 15, 2011
2 people found this review helpful

As a retired police officer suffering with PTSD ECAD has given me my life back. Housebound and not wanting any contact with the outside world I starting reading articles on service dogs that helped with my disability. When I arrived at ECAD for the first time I was overwhelmed by the warmth of the staff and volunteers.
Now that I have my Dog Brady I am finally able to get on the road to a better life. Lu, Phil and Barbara thank you for all you do, your amazing people.

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Never lose the feel of what it has now.

October 23, 2012

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September 6, 2010

My name is Donna Burke and I was born with Muscular Dystrophy. I am confined to a wheelchair since the age of 4 (I am 44 now). In Dec 2004 I was accepted into ECAD'S "Boot Camp" to receive a Service ... more

October 23, 2012

My name is Donna and I was born with Muscular Dystrophy. I am in a wheelchair and went to ECAD in 2004 to receive a service dog. I have "Haley" since Dec 2004. She is a wonderful Golden Retriever who has changed my life in so many ways. She picks up things I drop, helps open doors, and much more.

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2012

September 6, 2010
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My name is Donna Burke and I was born with Muscular Dystrophy. I am confined to a wheelchair since the age of 4 (I am 44 now). In Dec 2004 I was accepted into ECAD'S "Boot Camp" to receive a Service dog. I attended classes for 2 weeks and learned all the commands that the dogs already knew. I was placed with "Haley" who at the time was almost 3 yrs old. We had a fast bond which is very important for a service dog team. We worked very well together and I got to go home with her after passing all our tests. Haley has been a blessing to me in many ways. She helps pick up items I drop, open the fridge, turn on/off lights, and open doors. She also gave me the motivation to lose about 100 lbs to be able to take care of her in the way she deserves. ECAD is a wonderful program that is helping so many people being independant! Donna Burke

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2010

October 5, 2011

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October 5, 2011

What can i say about ECAD?? Nutmeg, our therapy dog at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood Florida, works daily with our young patients in rehab helping them learn to walk again, learn to balance and to regain muscle strength. Of course, for Nutmeg, this means being pet, brushed and playing fetch or "tug". She is an ever-present joy throughout the hospital; bringing smiles to everyone she meets - children, families and staff. We can't thank ECAD enough for training us and training Nutmeg for our facility. We love them all!
Kari

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Nutmeg, our therapy dog who was educated by ECAD, works daily with our pediatric patients. I am lucky enough to be one of her handlers and get to see the impact she has on our patients.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not a thing!

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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referral from sister hospital

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 27, 2011
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September 27, 2011
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I have had a service dog from ECAD for the past 5 years now and I don't know how I could live alone without him. I am a disabled police officer with a very rare disease similar to MS and has me confined in a wheelchair. Lu & Dale went all out to match me up with the perfect dog. He knows where I am all the time and won't let me out of his sight no matter who is around. he helps me with my daily tasks without even giving him a command. I can't thank them enough.

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I have the best service dog in the world.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to help them raise more funds so as they can expand to help more people in my situation.

September 19, 2011

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September 19, 2011

ECAD has done so much more than just help me with my independence, but also changed me as a person. I have gained confidence as an individual beyond a level never thought imaginable. There is a reason why I returned to ECAD once my first service dog that I received from them retired. If there are any people in the entire world that deserve undying recondition, it is Lu and the rest of the staff at ECAD.

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positive ways I never imagined.

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leave it as it is.

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