My name is Jon, and I'm 17 years old. I have autism, ADHD, and Tourette syndrome. It's not an easy life for me, but I try to have a good attitude. My Autism Assistance Dog Guide, Cagney, helps me stay positive. It's been almost 7 years since the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides program gifted Cagney to me in June 2012. He's 8 years old now, and I can't imagine my life without him. I take care of him every day by feeding him and taking him for walks. I pick up after him, too! He sleeps with me every night and he keeps me calm when I feel anxious at home or in public places. He has even flown on an airplane with me, more than once! Cagney makes me laugh and I feel happy and more relaxed when I'm with him. On Sunday, I'll be walking 5 km with Cagney and my parents in support of the Dog Guides program. I'm grateful to everyone who donates their money to Dog Guides so that other kids and adults with disabilities like me can have a service dog to make their lives a little easier.
Thank you for registering for the Walk for Dog Guides! Thanks to our sponsors, 100 per cent of the funds raised from the Walk go directly towards the raising, training and placement of Dog Guides for Canadians with medical or physical disabilities. Dog Guides Canada has already provided specially trained Dog Guides to more than 3,000 men, women and children, all without any government funding. With your help more people will experience the mobility, safety and independence a devoted Dog Guide brings.