TRUMANN, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 family wants to thank the community for helping them reach their fundraising goal.
Cooper Mason, 5, of Trumann has Aspergers. In 2014, his doctor prescribed him a service dog. The dog will help track him, keep him calm, and help him socialize with other kids.
In February, the Mason family had raised $8,000. Jaclyn Mason, Cooper's mother, said her family is overwhelmed by the support.
"He's so excited," Mason said. "We are all so excited, and so grateful. I mean, we never dreamed it would only take us 4 months to raise the money. Most people, it takes a year, 2 years, or sometimes 3 years. We did it in 4 months, and we couldn't have without all the people who helped us, and we really do appreciate it."
They raised $14,285 in 4 months.
Mason said this dog is a game changer for her family. The dog is being trained in Ohio. The entire family will go to Ohio in August 2016 for 2 weeks of training with the dog.
Then Cooper will be able to bring it home.
To help with expenses for the 2 week trip in Ohio, the Mason family is sponsoring a walk/run on April 18 at Craighead Forest Park. They are also planning a benefit concert in May.
For more information, visit their Facebook page called Cooper's Journey with 4 Paws for Ability.