(LANSING, Mich.) -- NEWS: The Lansing Board of Water and Light held a fundraising event, the BWL IBEW Golf 4 charity Tournament, and have raised the funds necessary to donate an individually trained service dog to a deserving recipient. As they held their event, they heard from Mike Ronan, a Marine Veteran who was paired with a Service Dog through Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc. based in Williston, Florida.
Mike spoke at their event, and talked about his time in the military, and the PTSD that followed his service. He then spoke about how his Service Dog; Julie has forever changed his life for the better.
After hearing Mike's incredible story, the BWL IBEW Golf 4 Charity committee decided to donate the funds to Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, to help another veteran in need.
"As part of their sponsorship of a team, one of the 'perks' is that they are able to name the future service dog they are sponsoring," said Christine Patrick, Communications Manager for Guardian Angels.
So moved by Mike's story, the BWL IBEW Golf 4 Charity committee has decided to name their sponsored future service dog, Ronan, in his honor.
Mary Jo Brandt, Guardian Angels Chief Operating Officer said "We're thrilled that the Lansing Board of Water and Light has made us the beneficiary of their giving and couldn't be more excited that they are honoring a great American like Mike."
Once a puppy is chosen, little Ronan will begin training that will take 1.5 - 2 years to complete before he is ready to be paired with a veteran in need.
About Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs:
Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) with a mission to rescue, raise, train and then donate the finest medical service dogs to veterans and others who struggle with the effects of a disability such as PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury and seizure disorders. In just our first 9 years, we've paired nearly 300 individually trained, federally protected medical service dogs to those in need. With up to 1,500 hours of training per dog, it is a long process, but worth every moment when you see the results of Unleashing the Power to Heal, and the life-saving, life-changing difference it makes for our recipients.
For more information on our program, please visit our website at: http://www.medicalservicedogs.org/.
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