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March 31, 2012

Foundation of the Blind's Red Puppy Appeal gets under way

David Wilson has Usher syndrome, the most common condition affecting both hearing and vision.
The 53-year-old is partially deaf and has progressively lost his range of vision over the years, to the point now where he has just central vision, the ability to see straight ahead.

Depending on how fast the condition progresses, Mr Wilson may be completely blind within five to eight years.
For the past year Mr Wilson has had the assistance of three-and-a-half-year-old black Labrador Gavin.
Fate played a part in bringing the two together.

When the February 22 earthquake struck Gavin was in the back of a Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind van in Christchurch with two other guide dog trainees.

It was not a good place to be. The van rocked and rolled and the dogs were thrown about, and were traumatised by their ordeal.  MORE>>

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