Family raising money to provide service dog for girl with epilepsy

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AURORA, Colo. -- An Aurora family is hoping the community will help their 10-year-old daughter who suffers from epilepsy.

McKenna Birka will go to middle school next year and she hopes a service dog will help give her freedom to be a more normal child.

McKenna has several seizures a week. A service dog would be trained to warn her before a seizure, make sure she’s safe and alert others.

Now that she’s getting older, McKenna hopes it will give her and her family the confidence to do more on her own.

“It would be really nice to have a dog that would be there right next to me, that would be a big change in my life which I would love,” McKenna said.

An organization in Nebraska is training a dog for McKenna and will be ready in two months.

But the service dog costs $14,000. The family is raising money online to foot the bill.

So far, $7,000 has been raised, but the family still has a long way to go.

To donate, go to the GoFundMe site that has been established.