Fundraiser helps autistic Jacksonville boy

Money to support service dog for 6-year old

By Kumasi Aaron - Reporter/The Morning Show anchor
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Ryan Benedict and Chatham

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - An outpouring of support for a local Navy family at a dinner fundraiser to help pay for a service dog for 6-year-old Ryan Benedict, who is autistic.

More than 100 people bought tickets at a fundraiser Saturday at an Applebee's restaurant, raising more than $500. The money will go toward the care for a Golden Retriever, Chatham.

The Benedict family had already raised the $8,000 needed to get the dog, thanks to the group "Project Chance."

The family says Chatham will help Ryan relax, provide emotional support and teach him responsibility.

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