A high school student who was born without sight now has a trained dog, thanks to the generosity of northwest Ohioans.
Ryan Carson is the son of a Suffield Fire Department firefighter/paramedic. Department officials posted this on Facebook accompanied by a photo of Ryan on Wednesday:
“This young man is a child of a Suffield Firefighter/paramedic. He was born without sight. In order for him to try and live a normal life he is in great need of a seeing eye dog. A trained dog costs $13,000. Insurance will not cover any of it. We would appreciate the help from our community. Thanks in Advance!”
A trained dog costs $13,000, according to the fire department, and insurance will not cover it, they added.
Northeast Ohioans began donating, and then the department received a call from the Lions Club of Tallmadge. The organization said they would cover the remaining cost of purchasing and training Ryan’s new dog.
Ryan’s mother, Bobie Jo Carson, Ryan’s mother, told a Cleveland TV station, “I’m speechless, to help somebody that they don’t even know and often times you forget, that are a lot of really good people.”
On his Perkins Brailler writing machine, Ryan typed a note that read, “Thank you for helping me get my fur-ever friend.”
On Thursday, the department posted this on their Facebook page:
“Thank you everyone for your love and support of Ryan. We have just been advised that they met the financial goal due to the generosity of so many people, and the family is so very appreciative. They want to thank all of you for caring so much.”