14: Gateway

So Others May Live.

A blind man with a history of health problems walked out of his house on a hot, sticky October day to check his mail. He stopped to have a cigarette and talk with a neighbor. After their chat, the neighbor went inside. It was common for the man to make his way through the neighborhood on his own by counting mailboxes as he walked. Other than those short walks he didn't get out much, but spoke to his family almost daily. Two days after that brief encounter with his neighbor, the police were contacted.

Meet Payton and Service Dog Whitt

My name is Payton, I am 18 years old, and I was recently partnered with the most handsome, loyal, and all around amazing golden retriever, Whitt. At five years old, I was diagnosed with a progressive neuromuscular disorder known as Charcot Marie Tooth Disease (CMT) which makes the muscles in my hands, legs, and feet weaker. In turn, activities such as walking, balancing, stairs, or anything else that requires strength or balance is difficult for me.