Peter Lorange & Keddy

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I’ve been a paraplegic for 28 years and due to arthritic changes in my cervical spine, I’ve lost strength and dexterity in my hands. I continue to work for the Center for Living and Working, Inc. where I work to help other people with disabilities gain and maintain their independence. My daughter is now 20 years old and serving our country as a United States Marine.

I have lived a very active life thus far but my activities have been compromised due to the recent loss of hand function. I decided to apply to NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans for an Assistance Dog to help me in everyday activities. My dog Keddy now assists me by picking up things that I drop, flipping light switches, opening doors and seeking help when needed. In addition, Keddy is my 24-hour companion and accompanies me to work and everywhere I go.

These Service Dogs spend up to two years in training to learn these vital skills. The true cost of all this specialized training is over $25,000. I have been asked to raise $9,500 of the full amount. Would you consider making a tax-deductible donation to NEADS in my name to help sponsor Keddy? All of your donations will go directly toward the care and training of my dog. In these financial times, I know money is tight and gifts of all sizes will be greatly appreciated.

I would be happy to meet with you/speak to your club/school/business, etc. All sponsors are invited to attend our graduation -- a unique and heartwarming event.

Thank you in advance for your kind consideration. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.


Peter R. Lorange