ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – A Rochester family is turning to the community for help obtaining a service dog for their 10-year-old son.
A bake sale at Christ Our Rock Lutheran Church Sunday raised funds on behalf of Cody Ortmeier and his parents, Nick and Sarah.
Cody has a couple rare genetic disorders and is non-verbal.
He’s also epileptic.
A service dog will help Cody deal with symptoms from the disorders and detect seizures.
The Ortmeiers have been accepted to receive a service dog from the organization 4 Paws for Ability, based in Ohio.
While it costs the organization $40,000 to $60,000 to train a service dog, the Ortmeier family is expected to raise $17,000.
“It’ll help Cody bridge that gap between elementary school and middle school and high school and into a a vocational, whatever he intends on doing whenever school is over,” said Nick. “So it’ll bridge that gap into adulthood for him as well.”
Another Rochester family who has a service dog from 4 Paws for Ability was on hand to talk about their experience with the program.
You can donate to the cause online here.
You can also send a check payable to 4 Paws for Ability and mailed to 253 Dayton Avenue, Xenia, OH 45385 with Cody Ortmeier’s name in the memo field.