Lone Star Chapter

South Central Region

Donna and Jerry

When you mention the city of Abilene to Canine Companions supporters, the first thing you will hear is "Donna and Jerry are great people". That is because they have been leading our efforts in Abilene, Texas since 2001 and everyone likes and appreciates them. Read more...

Donna McGehee is originally from Summerville, South Carolina and Jerry Campbell is from Davenport, Iowa. They met in Wiesbaden, West Germany where they were both serving in the United States Air Force as medics. Donna and Jerry married on the island of Guam 28 years ago. Thirteen years later they both retired from the Air Force on the same day. The retirement ceremony was a family affair because Jerry's brother was the presiding officer and Donna 's father was the master of ceremonies.

Upon retiring, Donna and Jerry became volunteer puppy raisers and are currently raising their eighth puppy Kinsey II. They have raised Hoana, Hedda IV, Patricia III, Rayanne IV, Wednesday, Nyla III and Gwen IV. Wednesday graduated as a skilled companion and she lives with a family in Burbank, California. Consequently, Donna and Jerry say that Wednesday is "the dog that went Hollywood".

In addition to raising puppies, Donna has been con tributing to Canine Companions for Independence for almost 35 years. When you ask Donna and Jerry what they like best about their work with Canine Companions they say "the ability to give back". Together they have been representing Canine Companions for Independence at the Abilene Autism walk for several years. They are very supportive of the Lone Star Chapter and routinely make the 6-hour round trip drive to/from the Dallas metroplex to attend meetings and events. We are very fortunate t o have them in our group.

When Donna and Jerry are not volunteering for Canine Companions they both work at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene. Donna is the Pet Therapy Coordinator and Jerry is the Medical Records Supervisor. Jerry enjoys cooking and Donna loves Legos (who knew?). They share their home with Canine Companions release dogs Patricia, Nyla, and Gwen. All of which continue to help people with the therapy work they perform under Donna's direction.