Town helps boy get new service dog

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
A classmate starts raising money after boy

Alex White and his new service dog, Redondo.

TOPEKA, KN (WIBW) - It's been one year since 11-year-old Alex White's service dog, Hope, was hit by a car and killed.

Alex has hereditary spastic paraplegia, an inherited disease that causes progressive weakness to his lower limbs.

Last year, Saige Halseth, one of Alex's classmates at Shawnee Heights Elementary in Topeka, Kan., started a fundraising campaign to help Alex get a new service dog. With the community's help, she raised $33,000.

After one long year of looking for a dog with a personality that meshes with Alex, the Kansas Specialty Dog Service introduced Alex to his new service dog, Redondo.

From here on out, Alex looks forward to laughs and smiles with his new best friend.

Alex will bring Redondo to school Monday for the first time.

The White family has used the money raised to help start the Hope Scholarship Fund, which will help other children battling hereditary spastic paraplegia with their expenses for specialty dogs.


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