My new canine companion
I had a stroke in 2013 at the age of 30. I am still recovering from aphasia and hemiplegia, and have overcome many other challenges along the way. One year after my stroke, I submitted my application for a Canine Companion. While waiting to make it to the top of the list I was able to have a baby. In fact, I was 7 months pregnant when I got the call from CCI, and wisely chose to wait until my son Asher turned one before receiving my dog. At Team Training, Falcon caught my eye from the beginning and I was so happy to be matched with him.
It was even more special when I got to meet Lilly and Jim Mitsui, who raised Falcon up in SandPoint, Idaho. They came down to Santa Rosa, California, for the graduation. It was emotional for Lilly and for me, as I learned that she has a loved one who had a stroke like me. I am so grateful to the Mitsui’s and to the entire CCI community.
While I live in San Francisco and will not be walking in DogFest on July 28, my entire family will be bringing Falcon back to SandPoint to visit this fall. I believe in Canine Companions for Independence and their mission to provide highly-trained assistance dogs to adults, children and veterans with disabilities FREE of charge. Leading up to the event, we’re raising money to support Canine Companions. The impact they make on the lives of people with disabilities is incredible. Help me get to my fundraising goal by donating online.
Let’s get more of these amazing Canine Companions assistance dogs into the lives of those who need them.
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