Gary’s Heroes

It was a really tough day for Gary.  The PT transport sent a cab to pick him up today.  The cab driver moved his wheelchair as Gary was trying to sit, almost causing him to fall.  He twisted his injured leg pretty badly, and has been in a lot of pain all day.  Fortunately, my mom and her friend (a retired nurse) will be visiting him tomorrow and assisting him.  We just got a call from the Wounded Warrior Project, an advocacy group for disabled veterans that is willing to help Gary navigate through the red tape.  Gary is talking with them tomorrow.  We also were contacted by an occupational therapist offering to help.  I will keep you all posted. 

We have received such an overwhelming response by people who have been touched by Gary and Libby’s story.  Gary doesn’t have a computer, so I just printed out his story for him to read tonight.   Reading it brought a tear to his eye.  Especially seeing the picture of Libby’s visit for the first time.  Not one for attention, he just kept telling me, “this isn’t about me, it’s about Libby”.  His jaw dropped when I told him that almost 800 people have read his story in just two days.   As I was making dinner, he was practically speechless when I told him that we have raised over $600 at the time (now over $900) in online donations for him.  We were also visited by a good samaritan named Carrie, who brought Libby a 50 pound bag of dog food and a toy. 

We wish to gratefully acknowledge those who have thoughtfully contributed towards Gary and Libby.   You are Gary’s heroes:

Becky Hutcherson

Crystal Arnold

Elaine Gropperbacher

Furnishing Hope

Guardian Angels Catholic Community

Madison Street Veterans Association

Cherie Urban

Matt Faries

Marci Miller

Colleen Muscato

Susan Lemoine

Paul & Angie Haizlip

Sharon Hopkins

Carol Masseria

Scott Hopkins

Mary Jo Lambert

Chris Miller

Carrie Seat

Connie Shivers

Bradi Sayre

Daniella Bransford

Kim Naugle

Christopher Thomas

Victoria Anderson

Lianne Keibler

Jason Haslup

Gina Bernbaum

Sylvia Johnston

Louella Sadler

Patrice Amendola

Karen Martin

Stacy LaFrance

Mary Bystricky

Joan Raskin

Bob Woodbury

Alexandria International Group

Janice Eddington

Tom White and Sally Petty

Mobile Dentistry of Arizona

Dee West

About Valley Dogs Rescue & Veterans and Their Pets & Valley Dogs is a 501(c)(3) non-profit (EIN: 26-0896950), no-kill animal rescue organization who's mission is to rescue dogs that have been abandoned, neglected, or otherwise placed in harm's way; to provide temporary housing for adoptable dogs, and to promote and encourage the responsible care of pets, especially spaying or neutering, micro-chipping and vaccination of dogs and puppies. Veterans and Their Petssm is a branch of Valley Dogs Rescue, a 501(c)(3) non-profit (EIN:26-0896950), no-kill animal rescue organization. Our focus is to support for the animals of Veterans in need by providing veterinary care, temporary housing and food. We are based in Phoenix Arizona and are working with the Veterans Association and Veterans support organizations to identify those in need throughout the Phoenix area. We are coordinating support from other non-profit organizations that will also be providing food and other services to the Veterans animals. We are seeking support from others to help us with community outreach, transportation and foster care for a Veterans animal. We have over 40 years of combined rescue experience and knowledge.
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2 Responses to Gary’s Heroes

  1. Kerri R. says:

    I posted Gary’s story on my Facebook page and also sent the info to a Channel 3 News Reporter. I am so glad to know that people have stepped up to help Gary & Libby’s cause!
    Thank you all.

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