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Heather’s Bracelets

The phrase “Bring it On” is an informal term with British origins used to convey confidence and excitement about facing a challenge. It could not be any more fitting that Mystic Aquarium volunteer and everyday conservationist Heather has the last name Bring.

Heather Bring of Westerly, RI, has taken on countless challenges in her life. She has faced them all with confidence, excitement and success. Fighting health issues, Heather has not let that stand in her way of making a large impact in the local community.

Heather has been a volunteer first responder and advocate for Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Program since 2013. In the last few years, she has become the ‘face’ of the program’s outreach.

On any given day, you can find Heather and her son Jack scouring beaches and cleaning litter. Even Heather’s service dog, Marea, gets in on the act.

On any given day, you can find Heather and her son Jack scouring beaches and cleaning litter. Even Heather’s service dog, Marea, gets in on the act.

Marea, who has her own Instagram page, @mareasavesthesea, was taught by Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities (ECAD) in Torrington, CT. She assists Heather, who suffers from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), a genetic illness effecting connective tissue disorders as well as Pseudotumor cerebri, a condition in which the pressure around the brain increases, causing headaches and vision problems.

But Heather and her family’s actions do not stop there. Collective action has become a family lifestyle. At home they live by the three R’s of reduce, reuse and recycle. Jack even inspired a limit of single-use plastics in and by his school.

After Heather, Jack and Marea clean the beaches they turn marine debris into great items like bracelets, dog leashes and more.

For a limited time you can purchase one of Heather’s bracelets crafted out of marine debris.

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