My name is Jon, and I'm 15 years old. I have autism, ADHD, and Tourette syndrome. It's not an easy life for me, but I try to have a positive attitude. My Autism Assistance Dog Guide, Cagney, helps me stay positive. It's been almost 5 years since the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides program gifted Cagney to me in June 2012. He's 6 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 even pick up after him! 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. I'm grateful to everyone who donates their money to the Dog Guides program so that other kids and adults with disabilities like me can have a service dog to make their lives a little eaiser. On May 28, I'll be walking 5 km with Cagney to raise money for Dog Guides.
Dog Guides are provided at no cost to qualified applicants. Thanks to national sponsors, 100% of the funds raised from the Walk go directly to the six Dog Guide training programs. Dog Guides Canada has already provided their specially trained Dog Guides to more than 2,000 men, women and children from ages 4 to 88, all without any government funding. With your help more people can experience the mobility, safety and independence a devoted Dog Guide brings.