"Kaylah, Guide Dogs and my family have helped me to stay connected with the community, so I don't just stay home and do nothing."
Seven years ago, Martin was working as an Executive Chef for a leading five-star international hotel when suddenly he could no longer see the food on the plates.
The 38-year-old father of two was diagnosed with advanced pigmentary glaucoma and declared legally blind. His life was turned upside down, but Martin wasted no time in seeking assistance from Guide Dogs NSW/ACT.
Not wanting to rely on his children, Ysabella and David, to guide him around, Martin overcame an apprehension about dogs and requested a Guide Dog. Six years ago he was matched with Kaylah, a blonde Labrador, and he hasn't looked back. An Orientation & Mobility Instructor from Guide Dogs trained the new team in how to travel safely around Martin's community, and Client Services staff regularly call to see how the partnership is progressing.
As well as enhanced mobility, independence and companionship, Kaylah has given Martin the confidence to become a motivational speaker and share his story with others.