Katie McCoy

Sarasota, Florida
Walkathon Location: Suncoast
Event Date: March 16, 2019

Personal Message:

Did you know that Southeastern Guide Dogs breeds, raises, and trains some of the finest guide dogs and service dogs in the world? The puppies are adorable, but to witness these amazing dogs in training is nothing short of miraculous. Thanks to the intelligence and fine training of these dogs, people with vision loss and veterans with disabilities find the freedom, confidence, and independence they need.

I know. Because I graduated from Southeastern Guide Dogs with my forever friend, my guide dog Bristol.

Bristol has changed everything for me. I was born with a genetic disorder called Retinitis Pigmentosa, which means I have no peripheral vision and cannot see in the dark. I mostly walk wherever I go, and since Bristol came into my life, she not only guides me, but she has saved my life several times. Before Bristol, I had been hit by cars making right turns and not looking out for pedestrians in crosswalks. Bristol has stopped me from walking out in front of turning cars.

 A few years ago, I worked for a museum in Charleston, South Carolina, I couldn’t take guests on evening tours because it meant walking home after dark. But then I got Bristol and going out at night was no longer a problem. I love the independence she gives me! 

 I left the museum position, and for two years I taught children with special needs. Bristol was such an inspiration to those kids. They could see that having a disability doesn’t have to stop you from achieving your goals. 

 Now I’m back here at Southeastern Guide Dogs where it all started for Bristol, and I really want to say thank you. Because of your kindness, there are so many alumni like me who are experiencing freedom and opportunities we never thought would be possible. 

I've set an ambitious Walkathon fundraising goal, and your help means a lot to me—and to the people like me whose lives are changed forever because of these extraordinary dogs. Your donation makes it possible for these puppies to stay healthy and grow into dogs of the highest caliber. These dogs really do make a difference and you can, too. Join me in supporting Southeastern Guide Dogs in its mission to raise and train these puppies and provide such a priceless service. Thank you for your help! 

P.S. Help break a World Record! At this year's Walkathon, Southeastern Guide Dogs will attempt to break an existing World Record for the largest gathering of dogs wearing bandanas at a single event. We need you! All you have to do is show up with your dog(s), and they will supply the bandanas. Bring your friends and their dogs and help us break a world record!


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Thank You For Your Support!

  • Lynn Campbell
    Sep 1, 2018
    Good luck with the walkathon!
  • Kurt McCoy
    Aug 31, 2018
    Always busting barriers. Kudos to Bristol to help you break down a few more!!
  • James Carlisle
    Aug 30, 2018
  • Jen Russo
    Aug 30, 2018
    Such a great organization! Katie and Bristol are the best!
  • Katherine McCoy
    Aug 30, 2018
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