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Air Force medic and Molly the service dog to star at benefit

Adam LeGrand and Molly. Adam LeGrand and Molly.

Adam LeGrand, who adopted Molly from the Henderson County pound, will celebrate the service dog's positive effect on his life during the Cause for Paws luncheon benefiting Blue Ridge Humane Society at noon Tuesday, March 24, at Champion Hills Clubhouse.

After enlisting as a medic in the U.S. Air Force, LeGrand was deployed over a 10-year span in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Operation Noble Eagle (homeland security) before being medically retired for physical injuries, PTSD and traumatic brain injury-related problems.

Suffering from the combat-related injuries, LeGrand applied to the K9s for Warriors program, which provides service dogs to veterans, and adopted Molly from Henderson County Animal Services. Since completing their training in 2015, Adam and Molly have served as K9s for Warriors ambassadors, traveling the country advocating for veterans’ health care.

In addition to Adam and Molly, the luncheon will feature the presentation of the first K9 Hometown Hero Award presented by Hunter Subaru to celebrate the dogs who do extraordinary things in the community. Dog owners may nominate their guide, hearing, law enforcement, military, search and rescue, service or credentialed Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) dog for the Hunter Subaru K9 Hero Award at The top three finalists will be invited to be the guests of Hunter Subaru and Blue Ridge Humane Society Cause for Paws luncheon for recognition and for the announcement of the winner.

Tickets and sponsorships are available now, starting at $75 per person, online at or by phone at (828) 692-2639 ext 304. For information contact Laresa Griffin at or (828) 692-2639 ext 304.