CHARLOTTE, N.C., October 28, 2016
More than three decades ago, Stacy, a little girl with cerebral palsy, met a man named Harry Swimmer, owner of a horse ranch. It was a meeting that changed both of their lives.
Harry wanted to help Stacy and he put her on a horse. He said, "She lit up like a candle."
Shortly afterwards, Harry retired and transformed his horse farm in Weddington, North Carolina into a sanctuary for children with disabilities. Since 1988, his organization, Mitey Riders, has provided more than 800 children with free equine-assisted therapy. Stacy, who is a resident at an Easterseals UCP group home continues to visit Harry and volunteers at his horse farm helping with equine-assisted therapy every week.
Harry is one of ten people nominated as the 2016 CNN Heroes. The public is asked to vote often and repeatedly between now and December 6th on CNN's website or through CNN's social media.
As part of the award package, each Top 10 Hero will also receive free organizational training from the Annenberg Foundation, a leading supporter of nonprofits worldwide. They will participate in a customized version of the Annenberg Alchemy program, which offers practical guidance to help strengthen organizations for long-term success. This is the fifth year of CNN's collaboration with the Annenberg Foundation.
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