(July 29, 2014) -- A family from Pittsburgh ago started a campaign almost two weeks ago to raise enough money to help get their 8-year-old son with autism, Jack, a service dog. Jack, who is non-verbal, has dealt with many issues in his life including also suffering from pica, or the tendency to eat things that are not edible. (See our pica tool kits here.)
His mother and father have been hoping to get their son an English Labrador through the organization Perfect Canines. As part of their campaign, they started a GoFundMe site along with a video tribute to Jack to share their story with the world. Jack's mother Cassie said, "It could change a life. It could change his life."
Since the campaign started, they have raised over $23,000, surpassing their goal of $22,000. The next step for the family will be going through the process of having the dog trained for Jack, which could take anywhere from 12 to 18 months. The family now hopes with the extra money raised that they can pay it forward to help other families of children with autism in their area get service dogs as well.