Bennett Lamson & Mercury

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Hey there! My name is Bennett Lamson and I'm a 30-year-old guy with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a form of Muscular Dystrophy. I grew up in the small town of Sandown, NH but currently reside in Portsmouth, NH. SMA is a progressive neuromuscular disease. Although I am overall in fairly good health, my muscles are weakened to the point where I am 100% dependent for all my physical care. That hasn't stopped me from striving to and succeeding in being the most independent person I can be. I've been getting around through the use of a power chair since the mere age of 2, have lived in the dorms at the University of New Hampshire as well as the University of Southern Maine, received a BA in 2011 in Gender Studies and am constantly doing volunteer/advocacy work with youth all over the state. Something I am very invested in. My work with people defines who I am and who I want to be. In 2001 I was lucky enough to be paired with a wonderful service dog through NEADS named Dottie Star. She lived with me throughout my college years and multiple moves, always providing me with a great sense of security and an enormous amount of help. Picking up things that I drop and pressing blue handicapped buttons were just two of the things she did for me to help me live a successful, fulfilling and truly independent life. Unfortunately, she passed away last July after nearly 13 years of service. I miss her every day and she will never be replaced in my heart, but I need your help to raise $9500 because I have been matched with another amazing NEADS dog - Mercury!  With your help to reach my goal, I can continue living my life as happily and independently as possible. Thank you!