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Eva receives part of her daily nutrition through her G-button on her belly. At 2 yrs old Eva was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Noonan Syndrome, which helped to explain and better understand the many medical issues Eva faced since birth.
At times the journey has been very challenging to our family, but mostly to Eva's little developing body. Through it all Eva has continued to be a bright light in every room she walks into, loves to dance, laugh, sing, play with her toys and feed local farm animals.
When Amy Boyd encouraged us to spend time with Horse Pete, we were excited for the interaction, but more surprised on how quickly Eva felt comfortable and enjoyed petting and riding Pete.
For myself, life has tasked me with many obstacles more so these last few years from my work as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, to the multitude of medical appointments for Eva, and of course all those medical bills. However, with God, to balancing a wonderful life parenting Eva with my partner Mario, and our family strength we are slowly moving in a positive direction, and are more grateful to turn to Lone Star Brigade as a respite for equine therapy.
I highly encourage you to reach out and support the cause Lone Star Brigade has to offer and make those wonderful memories, bring healing to your soul and get connected with nature. We know Eva is ready to get back on that horse!"
As a police officer, Cheryl understood the importance of stress relief and self-care. Working with and riding horses in one way Cheryl used to decompress from the stress of police work.
Although Cheryl no longer rides due to neck damage, she still enjoys being around horses and grooming horses to relax.
Cheryl Johnson joined the Ft. Worth Police Department in 1989. She promoted to detective in 1994 and was assigned to the Sexual Assault Unit.
In 1999, she was assigned as a detective in the Crime Scene Search Unit before joining the Homicide Unit in 2001. Cheryl promoted to Sergeant in 2006 and returned to supervise the Sexual Assault Unit in 2007.
In 2011, Cheryl was selected to supervise the Homicide and Cold Case Units. Cheryl retired from the Fort Worth Police Department in March 2014.
Cheryl worked on numerous violent crime investigations during her career to include several high profile, murder cases, death penalty cases and serial cases, both in Homicide and Sexual Assault.