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Community helps local girl towards getting service dog

By Ellen Bacca
Published On: Oct 20 2012 03:12:12 PM CDT
Onslow County -

October is Rett Syndrome Awareness month and one eastern Carolina family is getting the word out by holding a dog show.

The show was in honor of 5-year-old Sydney Crandall.  From a young age, she was diagnosed with Rett.

Almost exclusively girls are diagnosed with the syndrome. Signs begin to become evident at six to 18 months. Skills that at one time were developing like clapping, walking, and feeding themselves.

Community members poured into the backyard of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Jacksonville to show off their pooches' skills and style.

"Money raised towards the event will first and foremost service equipment for Sydney and to include like a service dog for Sydney, therapy equipment, and then a portion of the proceeds will go back to the international Rett Syndrome Foundation", said Sydney's mother, Angie Crandall.

Rett Syndrome affects less than 5,000 children in the United States, fewer than 150 in North Carolina.