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Nick's Heroes: Woman helps people access therapy dogs

Posted at 6:25 PM, Jun 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-21 21:44:38-04

PHOENIX — Don't let his size fool you!

"Wrigley has a wonderful personality. He's very loving and calming and very gentle," says Alex Warren, who works at the Jewish Family and Children's Services center in Central Phoenix.

But perhaps the biggest part of Wrigley is his heart.

Warren couldn't agree more! In addition to working for the JFCS, she also trains therapy dogs and gives up her free time to make sure kids going through trauma have access to this life-changing therapy.

"When you meet Wrigley, you'll see how he just can reach out and he can reach your heart and he can help all those children who need him."

Warren has been training dogs for 20 years and is absolutely - and "pawsitivley" - in love, but this calling sort of came by surprise.

"I'm a breast cancer survivor and it was actually a therapy dog that diagnosed my breast cancer," Warren said.

From that moment, Warren made it her mission to make sure everyone has access to special dogs like Wrigley.

A co-worker tells us, "Alex is really the heart beat behind Wrigley and behind our mission and healing lives. We've seen she will go above and beyond to heal lives and train dogs that impact and bring so much affection."

And Alex Warren, that is why you are one of Nick's Heroes!

All around us in the Valley, people go above and beyond to help make our community even better. We want to know who they are! Nominate someone today and tell us why they should be one of Nick's Heroes. They could win a $500 gift card from our friends at Valley Toyota Dealers.

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