Hi, my name is Kelly Bucchere. I was born with a birth defect known as Spina Bifida. This has caused complete paralysis of my legs below the level of my knees and partial paralysis in the rest of my legs. As a result, I utilize a wheelchair for mobility. I have always been extremely independent, sometimes to a fault.
Last April, my husband and I found out that we were going to be parents. While we were incredibly excited, this has led to new challenges. Some of them are the same as other new parents, others are not. This includes the difficulties of simply trying to juggle carrying the baby while carrying his and my belongings. Our blessing arrived a month early, on December 27, 2012.
While trying to adapt to being new parents and trying to come up with solutions to all of our challenges, I had an accident causing damage to my left arm and face. As a result, I now have difficulty with activities that require strength in my left arm and hand.
Because of the many changes in my life, I thought to contact NEADS. A service dog will not only be an amazing companion but it will also help me grow as a person. This dog will be able to help me with things such as picking up dropped items and also retrieving things that are out of my reach, open doors and so much more.
On average, the amount of money it takes to train and raise one dog is about $25,000 and now it is time for me to do my part and help fundraise for NEADS and raise the money I need to be matched with a dog that they will specifically train for me. Our goal is to raise $9,500. So if you would like to help me and my future furry friend, please be a part of my journey in becoming more independent by donating above. Any amount is greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance for your support. - Kelly