Mission of the Emma Lengquist Memorial Puppy Parade
To Honor Emma
Emma was a dynamic personality with an electric smile until mental illness slowly stole her away. She had care and compassion for nearly everyone she met. She loved dancing, dogs and Inclusion Connections.
To Create Open Discussions About Mental Illness
Too often mental illness is discussed in hushed whispers or ignored altogether. At the government level mental health care is all to often first to receive cuts in funding and last to receive consideration for reinstatement. Currently the State of Kansas is well below recommended levels of care for mental health, though some progress has recently been made.
Fundraising for Inclusion Connections and PawsAbilities
Emma loved Inclusion Connections and the jobs program she helped to pioneer, PawAbilities. Emma believed fervently that people with special needs should get to work, get to dance, get to socialize just like everybody else. Every day she would come home and tell us all the wonderful things PawsAbilities was doing for her co-workers and the dogs she met. Oh, how she loved dogs.