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Jennifer and Smidget

February 01, 2024

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All CPL teams are amazing in their quest for independence, but every now and then a team comes along that is so inspirational that you just have to say WOW! Jennifer and her service dog Smidget were the epitome of grit and determination during team training. In the first week she tripped on a piece of carpet in the shoe store and used her harness to catch herself and prevent a fall – she walked the entire strip shopping center that day – she could see where this was going if she just stuck with it. She never gave up, no matter how many times she fell. She was always smiling. Even when the foul ball at the baseball game hit her full force in the chest requiring the EMT’s help – she just laughed (it had to hurt) and had all of her classmates sign the ball the next day in class. These two are going to amaze their friends, family, and co-workers and students as they head home to North Carolina to tutoring, teaching dance lessons, receptionist duties and a life full of new and exciting adventures.