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Perry teen and service dog raise awareness of disabilities

th Annual Perry Community Walk and Roll (Source: WOIO) th Annual Perry Community Walk and Roll (Source: WOIO)
PERRY, OH (WOIO) - A teenage boy and his service dog teamed up to bring awareness to people with disabilities.

Jack Wolf was the guest speaker at the 5th Annual Perry Community Walk and Roll. The event was organized by Perry Service Learning, a Perry High School organization.

When asked about his companion, Wolf had a lot to say.

"His name is Tommy. He can pick things up, take my socks and shoes off, coat off. Put dirty clothes in the hamper," said Wolf.

With Tommy by his side, Wolf's message was aimed at getting others to focus on what they can do, instead of what they can't do.

Sera Nelson with W.A.G.S. for Kids is taking that message with her. 

"It's this whole attitude of embracing that difference isn't a negative thing. It's something to embrace and empower us all," said Nelson. 

And that's exactly how Betty Jo Malcheski feels.

She and her kids signed up to see first hand what it feels like to walk in the shoes of someone with a disability.

"We take for granted so much that we can just walk and do so we learned how to sweep and elevations. How to make sure we don't trip and fall, and the challenge of losing your sight," said Malcheski.

Organizers said more than 100 people registered for the walk this year. 

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