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TASC 2016-17 State Projects:
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
& Wilderwood Service Dogs

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is unlike any other pediatric treatment and research facility. Discoveries made here have completely changed how the world treats children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. With research and patient care under one roof, St. Jude is where some of today's most gifted researchers are able to do science more quickly.

TASC would love to encourage your council to take an active part in supporting St. Jude Children's Hospital this year!  It's exciting to come together with schools all over the state to focus our support and encouragement to the work that is being accomplished at this research hospital.  During the months of January and February, please consider helping with this worthy community service and then please send an information form back to us letting us know what your council has accomplished.  We are excited about coming together at the state convention to announce the great work that you have completed!  For further information, contact Emery Dickinson, the TASC Vice President from Houston High School.  

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
St. Jude TASC State Project Information Form (PDF | Word)
St. Jude Suggested Patient Gift List »

Wilderwood Service Dogs

Wilderwood Service Dogs

Wilderwood Service Dogs is a nationally awarded non-profit and the ONLY company specializing in neurological service dogs. They also run an at-risk teen outreach teaching teens to train dogs. Wilderwood’s dogs are trained to the specific needs of their individual patient with diseases/disorders including Autism, Down Syndrome, Alzheimer’s, PTSD, Brain Injuries, Asperger’s, Dementia, and Narcolepsy. Service dogs have the amazing abilities and training that allow them to intervene and comfort in times of crisis. They can:

    • Alert to impending episodes or behavioral changes
    • Seek safety, medication, and/or help o Physically interrupt self-harming
    • Provide guidance on stairs and walking
    • Wake handler up and remind handler of routine
    • Roll person to ‘left side recovery position’ after episodes
    • Retrieve child to parents
    • Routinely encourage socialization

“What happens to a person's soul, and then their perception, in the presence of a beloved animal is far reaching. That relationship impacts a person's life more than a therapist, medicine, treatment programs or all of them combined. In that reality, Wilderwood finds its passion. Our dogs help individuals gain independence (emotional and physical). Our dogs provide unconditional love and support. They assist in all facets of life; behavioral, emotional and physical. We are excited to be a part of something so wonderful.”
–Tiffany Denyer, Founder


  • “TASC” or Tennessee Association of Student Councils” MUST be written on the memo line of your check or the buyer’s information box on PayPal. Mail to: Wilderwood Service Dogs 1319 Tuckaleechee Trail, Maryville, TN 37803.
  • You can donate through PayPal at: http://www.wilderwood.org/donate.htm. This link will also give you access to more information about the organization, what they do, and touching testimonies.
  • Suggested gift list:
    • Diamond Natural Chicken and Rice dog food
    • Zukes or Bill Jacks training treats (Please limit donations of treats as they may not keep in storage!)
    • Frontline Plus flea/tick prevention (x-large breed 85+ lbs) ***always needed in large quantities
    • Gas cards for extensive travel during training
    • Collars and/or leashes

Wilderwood Service Dogs
Wilderwood Service Dogs TASC State Project Information Form (PDF | Word)