Helping Tara Hear
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While being deaf certainly is a disability, I won’t let it be an excuse or let it define me.
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The Story

Harrington Park, NJ

Tara McCann is a single mother of two children, Dash (12) and Sadie (11), who are her shining stars. She loves watching them grow older. When she is not watching her children, she enjoys playing the piano and reading. For the past 17 years, Tara developed a special relationship with her service dog Ruggles who has become her second set of ears.

When she was just two years old, Tara suffered from scarlet fever. The high fever ended up burning away some of the cilia in her ears which can lead to hearing loss. Initially, there were no real signs that she had lost hearing other than mispronouncing occasional words. Completely unaware of the gradual hearing loss, Tara learned how to proficiently lip read, play the piano, and perform well in school. In elementary school, a nurse noticed her inability to hear and had her take a hearing test again. When Tara was completely unresponsive to sound, the nurse informed her parents.

Tara’s parents took her to multiple specialists who all informed her that her cilia was damaged, and she would lose her ability to hear completely. She is now 98 percent deaf, but has used her condition to become stronger. “While being deaf certainly is a disability, I won’t let it be an excuse or let it define me,” Tara said. She strives to maintain as independent a life as possible. Over the past 17 years, Ruggles has been a critical part in providing independence. Ruggles has allowed her to continue driving and feel safe at home because she is trained to alert Tara of danger or alarms.

“I know that I can rely on her to help with the things that my hearing cannot,” Tara said. “My service animal makes me a fully functioning individual.”

Unfortunately with Ruggles growing older, she is unable to perform the necessary duties and will soon be retired as a service animal. Working with Canyon View Ranch in Topanga, California, Tara is in the process of getting a new service dog. She hopes to raise $20,000 through RedBasket.org to cover the cost of purchasing and training her canine companion. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation and allow this mother to maintain her independence with the sharp ears of a service dog. Share her story today!

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Red Basket blog |

Thrilled that Red Basket choose to write a blog about my campaign!  Thank you to everyone who made it such a success!!!!

http://blog.redbasket.org/redbasket-org-success-story-tara-mccann/


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Snoop graduates from her second level of training... Puppy Manners! |

So proud of my girl... she is making great strides on becoming my next set of "ears!"

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Donations after the Online Campaign has closed |

Hi!  I have been asked by some people (and thank you so much!!!!) if there is a way to make donations even now after the online campaign has closed.  I'm so happy to say that RedBasket WILL take checks made out to RedBasket and credit my cause and issue a tax deduction receipt.  If interested, checks can be sent to Red Basket, ATTN: Darian Tellez, 1700 Farnam St, Omaha, NE 68102. Please write on the check that it's for the "Helping Tara Hear" Campaign number 1267 so that they know where to process it. Thank you so much for considering the cause!!!!!

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Snoop graduates from Basic with Flying Colors! |

... and just like that, Snoop has graduated with her first level of training and was awarded the AKC Puppy Star!  Now onto the next level of training... Puppy Manners!

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Thrilled! |

Absolutely thrilled with the results of this fundraiser.  The generosity of everyone overwhelms me.  I cannot thank you enough as this campaign closes.  You have made my next set of "ears" well within reach!!!

Thank you so much!

xoxo
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Video and Article for the Bergen Record |

Very excited that the Bergen Record has picked up the story!!!! Here is a video and article that they have on their website!

http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/2017/05/06/tara-mccann-harrington-park-resident-and-service-dogs/310913001/



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Explanation of donation with my name on it... |

Hi all!  I just wanted to let you know that the donation from "Tara McCann" was really a donation sent to me by a friend by check.  She asked that I do the computer part for her... and of course, I forgot to check off Anonymous so it listed my name as the donator.  Just wanted to explain as the credit for that donation definitely goes to someone else... and absolutely wonderful lady!

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