Happy Birthday, TogoRun!

It’s our one-year anniversary and just like our namesake Togo, we have covered a lot of ground in a very short time.

We have reason to celebrate: 150% growth during one of the worst economic recessions in memory; two new offices in Washington DC and London; a talented, dynamic staff of 40 (up from 11 at this time last year); and our transformation into a truly international agency – nearly every client is served by offices on both sides of the Atlantic.

Why do we love to celebrate birthdays? We celebrate them because it’s important to stop and appreciate where we’ve been, and consider where we are going next.

Since it’s our birthday, we decided to give ourselves a present –one that matches our mission as health communicators and allows us to share our good fortune.

Canine Companions for Independence is a national non-profit organization dedicated to training and placing assistance dogs for people with disabilities. Assistance dogs can do many things: they perform daily tasks for people with movement limitations; alert the deaf and hard of hearing to important sounds; work in visitation, education or healthcare settings, and enhance independence for children and adults with physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities. CCI is celebrating a birthday this year, too –35 years of filling lives with promise and potential, through cold noses and wagging tails.

CCI does not charge for raising, training and placing its dogs, which can cost up to $50,000 per individual. We met the Benthal family, whose 11 year old daughter Johanna has a rare cranial vessel disorder that has caused her to have 76 surgeries in her short life. Johanna’s companion is Taffy, a beautiful seven-year old lab mix. Taffy helps Johanna maintain the independence and self-confidence she needs to keep up with the rest of her active family.

In looking for examples of Knowledge, Fidelity and Endurance, we didn’t have to look any farther than Taffy and Johanna. What was the present we gave ourselves? It was a donation to CCI and a commitment to help advance its marketing and public relations goals. More people should know about this great organization.

At TogoRun we aspire to be the kind of partner to our clients that Taffy is to Johanna. We hope you’ll view the photos from our birthday party, and visit cci.org (on our blog roll) to witness how assistance dogs change lives for the better. Thank you for a great first year, and please check back with us soon for more TogoRun news.

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