Local families hold fundraiser at Taco John's to get a lucky boy service dog

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Minot, N.D. - Like many mothers, Denise Rocha says she would do anything for her children. When she found out her two-year-old son was autistic she says she knew she had to get him the best treatment.

"It's devastating because you, ya know, you want the best for your kids and you want them to be able to succeed and be as independent and happy as possible," says Rocha.

Jayden is now five. Since his diagnosis Denise has tried several forms of treatment. Medication, speech therapy, and classes have moved Jayden in the right direction.

After looking for multiple solutions, Denise noticed one thing that Jayden was having quite a time relaxing with dogs. That's when her search started.

Many companies give service dogs to people with certain disabilities, but autism may not be one of them, and the dogs can cost up to $45,000.

Denise felt discouraged until she stumbled upon 4 Paws for Ability.

The organization helps children and vets get service dogs, with the help of the families they serve.

Denise must raise $15,000 before Jayden can get his dog. July 21, Taco John's on north Broadway will give 50 percent of your entire purchase to the Rocha family.

Kelly Cam from 4 Paws says this can save Jayden's life.

"This dog could essentially save Jayden's life and wouldn't it be great to attend and feel like you did something really important with your time and your money," says Kelly Cam, Development Director at 4 Paws for Ability

"We've already received so much support and to really feel like we are a part of this community, and um, ya know, accepted and supported it, just, it means everything, especially when you have a child with special needs," says Rocha.

The Rocha family will be at Taco John's at 623 North Broadway from 5-7 p.m. To find out more about Jayden and the fundraiser go to 4pawsforability.org/Jayden-rocha.