Who We Serve

Our service monkeys are provided at no cost to our recipients.

Recipient Stories

Spend a little time with our recipients and find out why a monkey was the right choice for them.

In 2005, Ned Sullivan was your typical college student—a senior at the University of Arizona studying communications and planning for a future career in sports marketing. His life changed in an instant when a serious car crash left him a quadriplegic. In 2006, he was matched with his service monkey, Kasey.

At age 17, Corinne started experiencing early signs of Multiple Sclerosis which continued to progress, leaving her fully paralyzed on the left side of her body by age 36.  A devoted wife and mother, Corinne applied to Helping Hands after the passing of her first service animal, a dog named Fred. Corrinne was matched with Glassie in June 2008.

Growing up, Travis was a very active kid and daredevil, joining the Navy right out of High School. After being discharged, everything changed in a split-second when he severely injured his spine falling off a building. From his hospital bed during recovery, he discovered Helping Hands Monkey Helpers and thought, “No matter what, I’m going to make this happen!”

Paralyzed since 2007 as a result of a sudden blood clot in her spine, Maryanne has adapted to the dramatic change in her life. A massage therapist for 20 years, she renovated her home to be accessible and learned how to be independent again. Her sense of independence and purpose grew when Jessica came to live with her.

At age seven, Michael was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. By 17 he had lost his ability to walk. An animal lover all his life, Michael applied for a Helping Hands Monkey Helper to become more self-sufficient.

In 1985, Stephany was paralyzed from the waist down in a car accident. After the accident she moved forward with resilience, competing on the national and international level in para-waterskiing and raising an accomplished daughter. But after recent spinal surgery left her with less mobility, and with her daughter off at college, Stephany wondered if a service animal might be right for her now.

MaryKay was paralyzed from the chest down in a car accident in July, 1986. She thought about getting an assistance dog, but was dismayed by the fact that she could never interact physically with or pet a dog.

While serving with the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq, Tim was injured by an IED explosion in May 2006. After recovery and rehab abroad and back in the states, Tim learned about Helping Hands through our collaboration with the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. He received Webster, his Helping Hands service monkey, in May 2008.