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Cosmic Glow Walk to Raise funds for New Service Dog’s Training

Jul 07, 2018 04:18PM ● Published by North Hills Monthly magazine

Seven years ago for her senior project at Seneca Valley High School, the late Abbie Brynda organized a walk to raise funds to secure a trained service dog for Natalie Menzl. Natalie, who is now 14 years old, is a child with special needs from Cranberry Township.

At the time, Cosmic, the puppy identified for Natalie, would cost over $13,000. Abbie hoped that the walk would raise $800–enough to start the fund. After all donations were in, she had raised $7,000. The following year, the Cranberry Cup covered the balance.  

Cosmic was Natalie’s companion and best friend for five years. Sadly, in March, he succumbed to an aggressive brain tumor.  

Natalie’s new puppy, Abbie, named for the original organizer, needs to be properly trained. Misty Pines in Franklin Park can deliver the level of training needed but at a cost of $80 per hour.  

Brynda’s family has taken the lead in organizing a walk for the cost of the new puppy’s training. The “Cosmic Glow Walk” commemorating Cosmic and founder Abbie Brynda, will take place on July 14, 2018 at Zelienople Community Park at 8:30 p.m., with registration starting at 7 p.m. The registration fee, to be paid on site, is $10 per person. Registration forms may be found on Facebook at Cosmic Glow Walk, and people of all ages and well-behaved dogs on leashes are encouraged to participate.  

Separate financial gifts may be made to https://www.gofundme.com/cosmic-glow-walk. Organizers are also seeking in-kind donations of water, snacks and volunteers.  For more information, contact Kathy Brynda at kbrynda@zoominternet.net  using the subject:  Cosmic Glow Walk.  

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