IN CONVERSATION WITH GAIL COHN, LOCAL MEDIA PERSONALITY
Local author Donnie Kanter Winokur and her husband, Rabbi Harvey Winokur, never could have imagined the heart-wrenching struggle after adopting two infants from Russia. As Iyal and Morasha grow, it became quickly evident that Iyal's development is drastically lagging behind his sister's and by age four, he is diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome. But naming their battle provides little relief as Iyal and his family try to cope with the lifelong impact of his invisible disability.The Winokurs' marriage is unraveling and they are desperate to alleviate her son's constant rages. Donnie comes up with an innovative, four-pawed solution-- a golden retriever service dog named Chancer. Chancer is specially trained to give Iyal the unique love he desperately needs. But in the end, Chancer turns out to be what the entire family has needed to stay-- and grow-- together.
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