Rick Francis

How we got here

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Long before our News21 team met our friendly neighborhood herd of goats, won the Curlew Barrel Derby three-on-three championship or commenced our twice-weekly trips to the Walmart in Omak, our only connection to the veterans in eastern Washington was on the telephone with Rick Francis of the Blackdog Foundation. It’s through him and the outreach work he does that we came to this particular corner of the world.

Sunday with Ishi

Ishi Canaday in her backyard in Chelan, Wa. Photo by: Justin Murphy

On the first sunny Sunday since we've been out west, AJ and I took a beautiful drive out to Chelan, as far west as any Syracuse News21 fellow has dared tread thus far. We had an appointment with Rick Francis of Blackdog Foundation and Ishi Canaday, a domestic abuse victim whom he's helped.

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