A Christmas Miracle at the Subway Station
On Tuesday, Cecil Williams and his guide dog Orlando were waiting for a train at the 145th St station in New York City when Williams started to feel faint. He quickly lost consciousness and fell off the platform. His dog fell with him and began to lick and pull him to help him wake up. The two were hit by the slowing train, but suffered only extremely minor injuries. Orlando had saved Cecil’s life.
Naturally, this story spread, and it came to people’s attention that Orlando would soon be retiring, and Cecil would have to give him up. Word continued to spread until enough people had banded together to join the organization Guiding Eyes for the Blind in providing the means to keep Orlando in Cecil’s life for the rest of his own.
Cecil is over the moon to know he will be able to stay on with is “best buddy”. Orlando is Cecil’s second guide dog since he lost his sight due to a case of meningitis in 1995. They’ve been together for eight years. Cecil will be set up with a new guide dog when Orlando retires, but Orlando will be able to remain his pet and companion. Should the responsibility of two dogs be too great for Cecil, the family that raised Orlando as a puppy is ready to help him out.
Cecil and Orlando’s story is a beautiful example of the goodness of humanity that perhaps shines a little brighter this year. An incredibly grateful Cecil encouraged people to continue to donate to Guiding Eye so more people like him can be gifted with miracle dogs like Orlando.