Hundreds come to Yorktown Heights for walk-a-thon to benefit the blind

(10/12/03) YORKTOWN HEIGHTS - Each year, hundreds of blind people from all around the country come to Westchester to be paired with guide dogs. On Sunday, many of those people and their guide dogs returned to take part in a walk-a-thon, benefiting the organization that made the matches possible.

More than 800 people participated in Sunday's event. That goes a long way to help the Guiding Eyes for the Blind School because they rely solely on public donations.

The dogs are trained for about two years before they are ready to guide a blind person. Many folks who train the dogs call it a rewarding experience.

The Guiding Eyes for the Blind School is hoping to raise the same amount of money as it did last year, $130,000. It all goes towards training the guide dogs.

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