22 November 2017

Guiding Eyes for the Blind Program

>>> OUR NEXT GUEST HAVE WHAT CAN ONLY BE DESCRIBED AS AN UNBREAKABLE BOND. >> THAT WOULD BE BECAUSE SHE GIVES HIM A PURPOSE, THEN HE GIVES HER IN RETURN INDEPENDENCE THAT SHE MIGHT NOT HAVE OTHERWISE. WE WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO LORI TRUITT OF SALISBURY IN THIS IS HER GUIDED DOG, ITO. [APPLAUSE] >> THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME! NOW, LORI, HELPING OUT. YOU WERE BORN WITH SOMETHING CALLED IN IRIDIUM? >> IT IS AN EYE CONDITION WHERE YOU ARE BORN WITHOUT THE AREAS OF YOUR EYE. >> OKAY. >> SO I COULD NOT SEE WELL FROM BIRTH. >> GOTCHA. >> AND IT HAS BEEN A LONG JOURNEY TO GET ITO BUT WE HAVE FINALLY FOUND EACH OTHER. >> WOW. >> NOW BECAUSE OF THAT YOU HAVE WHAT IS CALLED A WHITE CAKE WE EXPLAINED THAT.

>> RIGHT. WELL, IT IS A WHITE CANE THAT I NORMALLY WALK AROUND WITH AND, YOU KNOW, TRY TO AVOID OBSTACLES AND THINGS LIKE THAT. AND SO, UNTIL I DECIDED TO RESEARCH GUIDE DOGS, I HAVE REALLY BEEN INTERESTED IN GUIDE DOGS BECAUSE I WAS I MEAN, EVEN SINCE I WAS A LITTLE GIRL BECAUSE I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A PET LOVER. >> RIGHT. >> AND EVERYTHING LIKE THAT. BUT I HAD A CHOCOLATE LAB JUST AS A PET. AND UNFORTUNATELY, AFTER 15 YEARS, SHE PASSED . AND I DECIDED WELL, THIS WOULD BE THE PERFECT TIME TO LOOK INTO IT AND RESEARCH A LITTLE MORE AND I FOUND GUIDING EYES FOR THE BLIND. >> YES. >> NO, I WANT TO ASK YOU MORE ABOUT GUIDING EYES IN JUST A SECOND BUT FIRST, I WANT TO ASK YOU BECAUSE YOU WILL HAVE TO EXPLAIN THIS TO ME. EVEN WITH EVERYTHING THAT IS

GOING ON WITH YOU, YOU ARE INCREDIBLY ACTIVE EVEN TAKING CARE OF YOUR UNCLE? >> YES. >> TELL ME ABOUT HIM. WELL, HE HAS CEREBRAL PALSY AND HE IS BEDRIDDEN AND EVERYTHING. MY GRANDFATHER HAD TAKING CARE OF HIM UNTIL HE WAS ABOUT 90 YEARS OLD. AND THEN, UNFORTUNATELY HE PASSED A YEAR OR SO AGO. AND SO I TOOK OVER AS PRIMARY CARE, MY UNCLES AND COUSINS TO HELP ME OUT, I AM HIS PRIMARY CAREGIVER. >> YOU ARE AN AMAZING WOMAN. >> YES. >> AND ITO REALLY GIVES YOU INDEPENDENCE, DOESN'T HE? >> ABSOLUTELY. WHEN I WENT TO THE SCHOOL AND THEY PAIRED ME WITH HIM, WE WENT AND DONE THINGS LIKE WE WENT TO THE MALL. AND I DIDN'T RUN INTO ANYBODY. [LAUGHTER] >> I DID NOT RUN INTO THE WATER FOUNTAIN OR THE ESCALATOR OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT.

OR ANY KIND OF A SALE SIGN OUTSIDE OF THE STORES. SO THAT WAS A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE. [LAUGHTER] >> AND SO WE CROSSED SIX LANES OF TRAFFIC TOGETHER. >> OH MY GOODNESS! >> HOW DOES THAT FEEL THE FIRST TIME? WERE YOU NERVOUS? >> OH, ABSOLUTELY I WAS NERVOUS BUT HE WAS JUST LIKE THEM THAT SHE WAS JUST GOING AND HE WAS LIKE I KNOW WHAT I AM DOING. I AM ALL BUSINESS. JUST FOLLOW ME. [LAUGHTER] >> I WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU. HOW TO MAKE THIS POSSIBLE, NOT ONLY DID ITO BUT YOU GRADUATED, TOO, FROM THE GUIDING EYES FOR THE BLIND SCHOOL? >> YES. THEY HOPE THAT THEY COULD TRAIN ME FASTER THAN WHAT I DID. [LAUGHTER] >> WHAT WAS THAT LIKE? GOES ON THERE? >> WELL, WE GO TO THEY MATCH

WITH A DOG. IN THE FIRST DAY THEY WERE LETTING ME WALK WITH A SMALL YELLOW FEMALE LAB. AND I WAS LIKE OH, THIS WILL BE MY DOG AND EVERYTHING. THEN THEY WERE LIKE WELL, WE WANTED HARVEY WITH ANOTHER ONE. AND THEY DID NOT TELL US ANY NAMES, BUT THEY BROUGHT ITO OUT. AND I WAS LIKE OKAY. I TRIED HIM, I WALKED DOWN THE ROAD WITH HIM AND I WAS LIKE OH, THIS IS IT! THEY TOLD ME WHEN YOU FIND THE RIGHT PARTNER, YOU WILL KNOW. IT WILL BE AN INSTANT CONNECTION. >> YES. >> IT IT ABSOLUTELY WAS. >> OH MY GOODNESS. >> NOW, ITO IS NOT EVEN TWO YEARS OLD YET? >> NO. >> HE IS STILL A PUPPY BUT YOU GUYS HAVE A LIFELONG BOND? >> YES, I SAID I WILL SPOIL YOU ROTTEN IF YOU TAKE CARE OF ME. >> AND HE LIKES THAT DEAL, DID

HE? >> YEAH, HE SAID OKAY. [LAUGHTER] >> I WILL GO ALONG WITH YOU. >> WELL, THANK YOU FOR COMING