Fundraiser helps autistic Jacksonville boy

Published On: Jan 27 2013 10:58:24 AM EST
Updated On: Jan 27 2013 11:54:32 AM EST

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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