Lillian Boesch and Service Dog Gabriel
Lillian Boesch suffered severe spinal cord injuries that have limited her ability to walk, confining her to a wheelchair most of the time. Lillian has been paired with Gabriel, a two-year old Labrador Retriever who has been specifically trained to help Lillian execute daily tasks, as well as provide critical support in emergency situations. For example, Gabriel can bring Lillian the phone if she cannot get to it and can bring Lillian her wheelchair if she falls and needs the chair to help her back up.
The Tower of Hope sponsored the training and pairing of Lillian and Gabriel in 2009.We are sorry to report that in late March, 2010, Lillian passed away following an illness of several weeks duration. Gabriel has been reassigned to bring aid to a new partner.