December 19th, 2013
10:20 AM ET

Better Stuff: Donations Help Blind Man Keep His Guide Dog

In today's edition of the "Good Stuff," donations pour in to help a blind man keep his service dog as a pet. CNN's Chris Cuomo reports.

The blind man, Cecil Williams, was walking on the subway platform in New York with his service dog, Orlando, 10,  when witnesses describe him slipping and falling onto the tracks.

A nearby MTA employee jumped into action and tried to calm the man, instructing Williams to lie still between the subway rails and not try and climb out as a northbound "A" train quickly approached.

Williams followed those instructions and he and Orlando were safe.

However, we learned that Williams' insurance company was no longer going to cover Orlando's care because he's almost too old to be a seeing eye dog any more.

We put out the call for help and the goal was quickly met at this online fundraising drive at this Go Fund Me site.

Orlando is now covered as Cecil's pet for the rest of his life and Cecil will get a younger seeing eye dog to help him moving forward.

Williams says  "Thank you to everybody for showing humanity, peace and good will at this time, because for me, Orlando, he's my best buddy, he's my pal. He's done work for eight years straight. He's a senior citizen...he's looking forward to enjoying life now."

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