Dashing for those Doggone Disabilities
Organized by: Mimi Trusiano
This summer on June 18th, 2016 I hope to not only cross the finish line of my first half marathon race, but to do so in honor of the non-profit organization Doggone Disabilities. Recently I had the pleasure to hear the incredible story of Lukah, whose service dog changed her life. Imagine living with a daily fear of unexpected injury caused by seizures and losing consciousness. Lukah faced this fear every day as she was diagnosed with POTS. However, that all changed for her when she met her service dog Jasper James. Since Jasper joined Lukah, her life has changed in the most phenomenal ways. Jasper has given Lukah the ability to no longer be afraid of the effects of her disease. Though he cannot cure her, he can still give her a better quality of life by just simply being by her side. Many other individuals suffer from disabilities and diseases that can be helped by service dogs. Unfortunately, like anything in life, these dogs are not cheap. This is where Doggone Disabilities comes into play! Doggone Disabilities is a non-profit organization that strives to aid disabled individuals with financial grants in the search for a service dog from an accredited service dog association. They also strive to raise awareness for disabilities in hope of encouraging and educating individuals on how service dogs can help people in need. Therefore, it is my goal to raise $500 dollars for Doggone Disabilities in hope that it will change someone’s life the way Jasper has changed Lukah’s.