Indiegogo Campaign Raises Over $60,000 to Help a Blind Man Keep His Seeing Eye Dog Which Saved His Life

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By Sounak Mukhopadhyay | December 19, 2013 6:19 PM EST

— Grant Kirsh (@GrantKirsh) December 18, 2013

A unique online campaign has been started on the popular crowd-funding platform 'Indiegogo'. The campaign targets collecting $50,000 to prevent the parting of a blind man and a dog that saved his life.

The dog jumped onto the subway tracks when it saw a train coming onto its blind master on Tuesday December 17. It was no short of a miracle that both the dog and its master survived with negligible injuries. However, the situation took a hostile twist when the man came to know that he might have to put his saviour dog up for adoption due to his insurance issues.

The Associate Press talked to the 61-year old New York City resident Cecil Williams from the hospital bed. Mr William informed that he had started collapsing on the subway platform when his pet dog, Orlando, made an effort to catch hold of him and prevent him from falling on to the tracks. Mr Williams, nevertheless, fell on the tracks and Orlando jumped down to help him move.

Witnesses informed that Orlando did not leave Williams even though a train was quick to approach. As it appeared, both Orlando and its master miraculously managed to lie beneath the train and avoided death.

According to transit flagman Larmont Smith who spoke to the Daily News, Mr Williams was saved by only a second. Mr Smith is a 15-year veteran of the Metropolitan Transit Authority. He apparently screamed at Mr Williams so he ducked his head to save himself.

Orlando is almost 11, which is close to the retiring age for a guide dog. Mr Williams has to put Orlando up for adoption because his medical insurance is not going to cover the cost any longer. Mr Williams would love to keep his Seeing Eye® dog with him if he had the money.

This is what brings Grant Kirsh in to the picture. Mr Kirsh is an Indiegogo user who loves to call himself a 'good Samaritan.' He launched a fundraising campaign on the Web site on Wednesday, December 18, captioned "Help Cecil Williams keep his seeing eye dog Orlando". The campaign has already raised its $50,000 goal within hours as it reached $62,885 with more than 2000 funders when last checked.

Visit HERE to donate for the cause.

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