BU students support “Stand With Me” | WIVT

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BINGHAMTON, NY – Some Binghamton University students are giving back to their adopted hometown.

Francess “Myrph” McMahon is a longtime dog trainer in our area. 5 years ago, she started Stand with Me to train service dogs for veterans with mental health issues. And she’s doing this training upstairs in her own house.

The veterans all tell me the dogs love coming here. As soon as they come up my driveway, the dogs start getting excited and happy,” says McMahon.

But the only catch was that they had to go through his kitchen to reach the upstairs training room.

That’s where PricewaterhouseCoopers researchers come in.

BU Management School students are partnering with Broome County Habitat for Humanity to build a new separate entrance for vets and their dogs. Leila Sayan is the president of the club.

“The organization is in their home, so it’s very difficult to get grants and stuff, because anything you add to the organization is going to add value to their home,” says Sayan.

Fellows raised more than $16,000, enough not just for the stairs, but also for an exterior walkway and signage. McMahon says she is thrilled to have the improved access.

“Now the training hall will be open to them whenever they want to come here, they can use it, and the training ground is kind of theirs,” McMahon says.

Stand With Me has graduated 29 veteran and dog teams since the start of 2017.

Myrph says the pandemic has been tough on some veterans who already tended to self-isolate. And that made fundraising difficult for his organization.

So the leg lift couldn’t have come at a better time.

If you want to know more about his organization or make a donation, go to StandWithMeOrg.com.

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