Paralympian ME Army Veteran And Her Pups Get Their Own Book
An Army hero from Maine is getting her own book.
Christy Gardner was injured in the line of duty while overseas doing peacekeeping. Her injuries included skull fractures, spinal cord injury and other fractures.
Christy also lost two fingers and both her legs. While it might have been easy to give up, Christy battled back doing active rehab for a year and a half while still on active duty. She then returned home to Maine where she went through another 3 1/2 years of every kind of therapy imaginable.
So, what helped get Christy through this painful recovery? It was a dog named Moxie. Gardner tells Channel 5 that Moxie, her service dog, is her savior.
Not only did Gardner never give up, but she found a way to compete in sports again. She know is a Paralympian.
Her newest rescue is a dog named Lucky who was born with an arm deformity. Lucky had to have surgery to remove one of his legs when he was just 4 months old. Christy took him home and he's now a certified therapy dog at Leeds Central School.
Author Eileen Doyon thought this was such an inspiring story that she decided to write a book about it. After seeing the story on Channel 5, Doyon said:
“I cried and I cried and I said to my husband I think I have found my mission, and my calling, of what I want to do, I want to write a children’s book about Moxie, Christy and Lucky. "
"Giving people inspiration because he has three legs to an amputee veteran,”how incredible is that! Lucky Little Guy, BIG Mission! Inspiration, role models, anti-bullying, being different is ok. “and to never, never give up.”
Doyon will be holding a book signing at Veteran Owned Smoky Quartz Distillery in Seabrook, NH. This will take place on October 17th from 12pm-2pm.
Doyon tells us that 50% of the profits will go to Christy and her mission of training puppies for Veterans and First Responders, and special needs people!
The book is called "Lucky...Little Guy, Big Mission" and sounds amazing. Please support Eileen, Christy and her amazing pups and pick up a copy of this book!