Rochester family raising funds for service dog

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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.

Cody Ortmeier and his mother Sarah
Erin O'Brien

Erin O'Brien

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