Manhattan Woman Receives Life-Changing Gift

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- A Manhattan woman's life will never be the same after receiving a very special gift in the form of a new best friend.

Chelsea Davidson, 24, was awarded a specially trained service dog Thursday thanks to a donation from Milk-Bone and Dillons Food Stores.

A ceremony was held at the Dillons on Sarber Lane in Manhattan.

Chelsea has been diagnosed with Friedreich's ataxia, an inherited disease that causes progressive damage to the nervous system.

Her new dog from a nonprofit organization called Canine Assistants will help her with daily routine tasks.

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"I’ve been waiting for forever for this so I’m just so excited. It’s going to help me with so much stuff. Above all, I’m just glad to have a friend. I just think dogs are amazing, especially service dogs," Chelsea told 13 News. She says she is thrilled to have more independence because she will no longer have to ask someone for help with everyday tasks that many take for granted.

"Our service dogs are trained to help people such as Chelsea that have physical disabilities, people that are in wheelchairs and they have trouble picking up dropped items. They need help opening and closing doors, turning on and off lights, going for help perhaps," said Lynn Engum with Canine Assistants.

In the upcoming months, Chelsea will travel to Canine Assistants' headquarters in Georgia to meet with a number of their service dogs in order to find the perfect match for her.


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