Kannon — Guide / Hearing
As a guide dog, my life Is dedicated to helping my Mom live life to the fullest. The first day I met Mom I gave a kiss from her chin to her forehead. I was so excited & happy to start our adventure. Every day I navigate, communicate & intelligently disobey to protect Mom as her guide dog.
Though 70% of people who are blind or visually impaired are unemployed, I empower Mom to work with confidence & independence as a Project Manager at the WI Department of Employee Trust Funds.
Mom & I have a strong bond and we serve as a voice for others who cannot advocate for themselves. We are members of the Madison Evening Lions& the Dane County Chapter of the national Federation of the Blind. We volunteer on the WI Statutory Council on Blindness & the WI Council of the Blind & visually impaired board To eliminate artificial barriers that exclude people who are blind or visually impaired.
Our greatest adventure this year was a trip to Pennsylvania where we participated in the AFSP Out of the Darkness event. We walked from sunset to sunrise & raised $2,000 for suicide prevention & awareness! Did you know that suicide is the 2nd greatest cause of death in teenagers & every day 123 lives are lost to suicide? While we walked we remembered Pat, Mom’s twin brother; all who died; all who suffer from mental illness; & all survivors.
Remember, like my mom & me, you are never alone.
Sending you love, joy, & hope.