My name is Jacqueline Allgood, but most people know me as Morgan. I am a happy, spiritual 53 year old woman in Indianapolis, Indiana. About 15 years ago, I started noticing small changes in my coordination, which gradually became worse. In 2006 I was diagnosed with SpinoCerebellar Ataxia, a slowly progressive neuromuscular condition.
I now use a wheelchair but, as I live alone maintaining my independence is highly important to me. A couple years ago, it was suggested that an assistance dog would greatly help me in this endeavor. At that time, it became a goal of mine to find a way to do this.
Happily, I found the answer to my prayers at Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence,
a nonprofit organization located in Sylvania, Ohio, in the Greater Toledo area and a program of The Ability Center
of Greater Toledo. I applied there and have been accepted onto their waiting list.
Now, while I wait, I get to raise funds for my adventure! The dog itself will be free, but I will have to pay for her equipment, which will be upwards of $350.00, as well as my travel, lodging and living expenses during my two week stay in Toledo while I am in training with my dog.
While I have already exceded my initial goal of $1,000, more can be done to make this trip easier on me and my dog. Any funds left over will be left in this account specifically for emergency dog related expenses, such as a trip to the vet, or the subsequent trips up to Toledo for evaluation by the ADAI team.
Any help you can give is greatly appreciated. If you want to verify my story, please feel free to contact Jenny Barlos
, the ADAI Client Services Director. And please consider making a donation to ADAI itself so that they can keep donating dogs, as it costs $20,000 to train just one of these assistance dogs. You can even make a sponsorship donation to my own dog.
Thank you, and God bless you.