Olney, IL. (WTHI) - The holiday season is a time for giving. One Illinois family is asking for your help.
A boy named Tuk needs a service dog.
Tuk is only four years old and he suggers from Childhood Apraxia of speech.
It's basically a condition where the brain doesn't send speech signals properly.
Tuk also has autism. He was diagnosed only two years ago.
He's one out of five children in his family.
"My attention has to be divided between five children," said Carah Alexander, Tuk's mom.
A service dog is able to help children with these types of conditions.
A dog would allow Tuk to be more independent.
He's been approved for the service dog, but his family can't afford it on their own.
"A working dog is going to go everywhere with us, and really bridge the struggles that Tuk has," said Alexander.
The family is reaching out to the community to ask for help.
They've begun collecting money for Tuk's miracle pet.
So far, the family has raised almost $3,000. However, a service dog has a price tag of $11,000.
Alexander says the dog would help not only Tuk, but the rest of the family.
"A lot of relief for us and be able to have that bridge for Tuk when he's in public and just at home too," said Alexander.
She says she would feel grateful if they are able to acheive their goal.
"All this hard work has paid off, and excited and happy," said Alexander.
If you would like to donate, visit https://www.gofundme.com/servicedogfortuk
You can also send monetary donations to P.O. Box 95 Olney, IL 62450
To learn more about Tuk, visit https://justbreathe99.wixsite.com/servicedogfortuk
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