[GDU] Ed Eames
Denny Huff, (MCB - A Great Place To Be)
dhuff at moblind.org
Sun Oct 25 11:33:11 CDT 2009
It is with great sadness that I report the death of my colleague and one of
the assistance dog movement's greatest champions, Ed Eames, Ph.D., IAADP's
(International Association of Assistance Dog Partners, www.iaadp.org)
co-founder and President.
Ed's spouse Toni (also blind and partnered with her guide dog) has asked
that in lieu of anything, contributions in Ed's honor to IAADP would be most
appreciated. We have set up a special Memorial section with a few photo
highlights to remember Ed by, as well as an opportunity to make a memorial
donation at www.iaadp.org. We also invite you to leave a personal message
that Toni would like to collect for a keepsake book for our organization.
Alternatively, your gifts or cards can be mailed to: Toni Eames at 3376 N.
Wishon, Fresno, CA 93704.
Ed had successful heart surgery two years ago. Very recently a blood borne
infection sent him to the hospital. Recovery looked very positive until ten
days ago, when several debilitating strokes occurred and quickly claimed his
life. Ed was called to our Lord at dawn on Oct. 26.
IAADP was launched in 1993 at a historic meeting organized by Ed, Toni and
Joan Froling in St. Louis, held in conjunction with the Assistance Dogs
International Conference. Its overall mission has been to empower disabled
persons with guide, hearing and service dogs to work together to foster the
assistance dog movement through our global networking publication, "Partners
Forum," many important advocacy and education campaigns, peer support
projects, our website and conferences that enabled partners and programs to
learn from each other. We have grown from a handful of advocates to more
than 2500 Partner members over the last sixteen years, led by a volunteer
board of assistance dog partners elected by the membership.
Ed was our friend and an extraordinary advocate. He forged relationships
with corporations around the world and with his easy going "ask" brought
untold benefits to us. Ed knew full-well that the majority of us teamed
with guide, hearing and service dogs were on the lower income scale. His
advocacy to garner support for our canines was only matched by his tireless
advocacy for our access rights. Among other things, Ed and Toni also
traveled throughout the USA each year and to other countries with their
guide dogs, lecturing at veterinary schools and veterinary conferences about
the special role that veterinarians play in maintaining the team, to educate
them about IAADP, raise disability awareness and to ask veterinarians to
consider free or discounted veterinary services for assistance dog teams.
There will be a memorial service for Ed in the near future. I'll provide
further details about that as they become available.
Please join me in saying Good bye to my dear friend, Ed Eames. And to Toni,
join me in support of the next chapter of her life. We can not fill the
void left but we can walk with her.
Kevin Frankeberger, Ph.D., CFRE
Board Member, IAADP
Kevin at iaadp.org
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leadership at acb.org
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