Donate to a Client
Clients are given the option to fundraise to cover their tuition fee for team training (the 2 1/2-week class they take to learn how to work with their assistance dog before taking the dog home). The cost is $5,000, which is only a small part of the $25,000-$30,000 that it takes to raise, train and place each assistance dog. You can help by donating all or a portion of the tuition by clicking on the Read More and Donate button beside your selected client.
My name is Nathan. I entered the US Army straight out of high school in 2010. While deployed to Afghanistan in 2011, the vehicle I was driving hit a 400 lb. improvised explosive device (IED). As a result, I sustained a mild traumatic brain injury, broke my back requiring a two level spinal fusion, have nerve damage in my arms, legs, and feet, and suffer from PTSD. I was medically retired from the Army in 2013.
My name is Steve. I am retired from a long career in the corporate world and live in the Charleston area with my wife. We have two adult children. I have degenerative disk disease, arthritis, sciatica, and neuropathy. I am unable to grasp things with my right hand, have poor balance, and fall frequently. I try to remain active and spend time with family and friends, at our church, and spend a lot of time in daily prayer. However, because of my frequent falls and pain, my normal daily activities are becoming progressively more limited.
My name is Pete. I am fireman and husband to a loving wife. During the past twelve years I have gone places and done some pretty cool things as a fireman. However, over the years it started to take its toll and I began to suffer from the effects of PTSD. I am a very athletic person who loves to ride my bicycles, run, cook/try new food, and watching sports. I am limited in life due to my hyper-vigilance, nightmares, and anxiety.
My name is Danny. I served my country for 2 years in the Marines during Vietnam and for 20 years in the Army in which I retired in 1996. I have PTSD and Panic and Agoraphobia. It wasn’t until I remarried in 2003 that my wife made me realize I had a problem. I sought help at the VA and continue receiving help today. They suggested a service dog could be of great benefit to me and suggested PAALS. I’m thrilled to say I was just informed that I have been accepted as a PAALS client. I am looking forward to the next step in the process.
I am a special education teacher with a Master’s plus 30 from the University of South Carolina. I am currently working on my 14th year as a special education teacher in a highly specialized classroom in Richland District 2 at Lonnie B. Nelson Elementary School. Prior to becoming a special education teacher, I worked in a special education classroom for 3 years as a teaching assistant. Making a difference is my passion. My classroom serves a wide variety of areas of disability related concerns. Students typically spend 1 – 6 years in my classroom.
HI! My name is Marka Danielle Rodgers. I am an incomplete quadriplegic from a cervical spinal cord injury (C3-7) in June of 2012. Initially I could not move from the shoulders down but with much help from my lifelong training as a Ballet and Musical Theater dancer and the encouragement of my amazing rehab team, I am now able to live a more independent life, pushing my own wheelchair and also using some very specialized mechanical leg braces which I use for exercise and around my home.
My name is Alex, I’m 17 years old and I have a rare genetic disorder called Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. CMT damages nerves and weakens the muscles. It brings me a great deal of issues with walking, balance, and the use of my hands. Currently I have to use a wheelchair anywhere outside of my house and have to depend on my parents to do a lot of day-to-day tasks for me. CMT also causes me a lot of pain which is always present and hard to face on my own sometimes. I try to keep up with my passions which include music, writing, animals, reading, and my favorite holiday, Halloween!
However, as CMT is progressive, the pain and weakness have been increasingly limiting what I can do. Having a service dog would make a monumental difference in my life. I hope to go to college one day and the right dog could give me the independence I need by doing tasks such as opening doors, retrieving dropped items, carrying items in a backpack, and getting help whenever I fall. A service dog could also help me get through particularly painful or anxious times which would give me the confidence and ability I need to tackle this next stage of my life.
I am the owner and director of a private practice known as Hoofprint Meadows, LLC. Here on my farm in Blythewood, SC, I provide equine assisted activities and therapies. I work with adults and children with disabilities to treat communication and swallowing deficits. I serve Veterans and their families as an Equine Specialist team member by providing Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Facilitated Learning using a ground-based model. I am passionate about horses and love to teach beginning or fearful riders horsemanship skills and when needed can provide adaptive riding instruction for those with disabilities. My specialty is using the movement of the horse to address communication and swallowing through a treatment strategy known as “hippotherapy.” I have seen improvements in attention, strength, endurance, mood, and motivation using the horses in my treatment sessions. I would like to expand my practice to include a facility dog to provide my patients and clients with even more enrichment!
My name is Don Walker. On a daily basis I struggle with pseudo-seizures (non-epileptic seizures), that derives from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These pseudo-seizure events are a result of traumatic childhood events. These events were buried down deep in my psyche until I was diagnosed with pseudo-seizures. I hit a point in my life where my head was “overflowing” with stress and trauma that everything came tumbling out like water through a broken dam.
My name is Jennifer. I am an Iraqi War Veteran and served ten years in the US Army. I returned from Iraq and had my son, who is now 13. I got called to go to Afghanistan when my son was eight weeks old; it was then I chose to not reenlist and be with my son. Upon my return from Iraq, a close friend in my unit committed suicide. After he committed suicide, I had survivor’s guilt, hyper-vigilance, intrusive thoughts, and many physical injuries to cope with. It took me a few years to process and cope with the events of my deployment and the aftermath of my deployment.
I am the owner and Clinical Director of Counseling Plus LLC. Counseling Plus is a private practice in Lexington, SC serving the military, first responders, and other professions who are exposed to critical incident or critical care.