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A service dog for Adrian: Community rallies for child with seizure disorder

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Shortly before his first birthday, Adrian Mergen had his first seizure.

The child, now 21 months old, has continued to experiences seizures that can stop his breathing.

ABC6 reports his family, who lives in Rose Creek in southern Minnesota, is hoping a service dog can help keep Adrian safe. And the community is rallying to help the family raise the $35,000 needed for a specially trained canine.

The dog could alert Adrian's parents during the night if he's having an episode.

"The dog will catch his fall so his head won't hit the ground," Sarah Mergen, the child's mother told the station. "It will also turn him over if he falls face forward, and it will carry his emergency medicine."

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The Austin Daily Herald reports that the benefit for the family will be held Saturday at Little Cedar Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall in Adams, Minnesota. It will feature a luncheon and silent auction. A photographer is taking family pictures and will donate $25 from each portrait to the Adrian Mergen Benefit.

A Facebook page has been set up to promote the "Adrian's Day" event.

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