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Kitchener family hoping to raise money to help teen daughter in need of service dog

15 year old Jessie Gross needs a service dog to help her as she fights End Stage Renal Failure, a chronic kidney disease
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Photo courtesy of Kim Gross.

A young Kitchener girl is in urgent need of a service dog to help her through debilitating kidney disease.

15 year old Jessie Gross' mom, Kim Gross, has set up a GoFundMe page, hoping to raise $25,000 for a new service dog that will be specifically trained for Jessie's needs.

"Without getting into too much detail and keeping Jessie's privacy, it would help give some behaviour therapy to help stop certain behaviours that are happening with her and help her cope better. It would help give her some security."

The $25,000 price tag includes the cost of the puppy, 24 months of intense training, handler harnesses, vet services and insurance.

Kim Gross says Jessie is fighting hard against chronic kidney disease

"Jessie is still stable, thanks to her dialysis machine, which runs 12 hours every night, every day. As far as the kidney disease, she is keeping it stable as she possibly can, until we can find a donor and she is transplanted. But just having the kidney disease on top of the pandemic has caused anxieties to surface."

The Gross family is also encouraging people to become live kidney donors, as Jessie is still in need of a transplant.

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