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Disabled woman awarded free service dog in Augusta

Kelly Womack

Kelly Womack, from Loganville, Ga., will be getting a service dog for free. (WRDW-TV / Sept. 15, 2011)

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- It's a life-changing gift in the form of man's best friend. Thursday morning Milk Bone and Sam's Club partnered together to put a smile on one young woman's face.

Kelly Womack, from Loganville, Ga., will be getting a service dog for free. It takes about two years to train a service dog and it also costs about $20,000 dollars.

Womack, 26, suffers from cerebral palsy and seizures. The dog will be trained to alert family members when she needs help.

"It's just going to change her life and I am just so excited for her, I am. It's just a dream come true," said Kelly's mother, Kathy Hollenbach.

"It really gives Kelly access to a lot of the things we take for granted," said Sam's Club Manager Eric Farrell.

"This will be her friend. He might not talk, but she doesn't need him to talk," Hollenbach said.

The family has been on a wait list for five years for a service dog. This is also in part thanks to the Canine Assistants Program, who train the dogs near Atlanta. The groups have donated hundreds of dogs for deserving people like Womack.

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