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Guide dogJanet Swanson's parents started donating to Guide Dogs of America in the 70s. Their nephew had been born with disabilities, including visual impairment, and they wanted to support organizations that would help him, and others like him. Although their nephew never used a guide dog, it was Swanson's parents' way of helping others who would benefit from having a four-legged partner helping them to navigate their world.

It was her mother's example that Janet Swanson followed starting in 1999 when she became a GDA donor.

"The cause is close to my heart and if my contribution can help to make the life of a blind or visually impaired person better and easier that is what I want do," said Swanson. "Guide Dogs of America became part of my estate plan and will benefit from my gift for years to come.

I think Guide Dogs of America is a very well-run organization and I have been so impressed with all my communication with them, both through the literature I receive and the personal contact I have with their Development team," said Swanson. "They do such valuable work to provide these dogs that give support to the visually impaired and blind."

Guide Dogs of America is privileged to benefit from the generosity of caring individuals like Swanson. Gifts to our endowment will continue to support our mission. If you would like information about becoming a Partner in Trust, please contact Zachary A. Gittlen at 818-833-6426 (office) or 818-259-6590 (cell) or

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