History of The Tower of Hope
The Tower of Hope rose from the determination of Cathy Carilli to memorialize the death of her husband, Tom Sinton, in a way that would help humanity. His murder, along with more than 3,000 others on September 11, 2001, led directly to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that we are involved in today. Cathy wanted The Tower of Hope to play a major role in helping those seriously wounded in those conflicts to have the opportunity to lead more independent lives by being paired with service dogs.
In addition to funding service dogs for wounded veterans, Cathy wanted The Tower of Hope to be a source of information about service dogs and act as an advocate for the greater use of service dogs for our veterans who were coming home with serious injuries, PTSD, and other disabilities.
The Tower of Hope has since expanded its efforts by working to provide service dogs to those with other disabilities and illnesses, including autism, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, spinal injuries, and any other illness or disease that limits an individual’s ability to be independent. We also help training facilities improve their capabilities, and we are continually seeking out more approved facilities that can get more well-trained dogs into the hands of the people who need them most.
Our organization was founded on the basis of love for a wonderful man and his love of animals. All of us at the Tower of Hope are dedicated to the memory of Tom Sinton. His memory has created a blessing for those with disabilities.