CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - FOX 46 Charlotte is working to get results for a 3-year-old boy in need of a service dog. Just like all 3-year-olds, Keegan loves to play.
"He's always moving," said his mom, Deidra Cribb. But for Keegan, life is much different than most his age.
"Some people just don't understand," Cribb said. "And that's okay."
Keegan is battling several health issues. He requires constant supervision.
"Obviously, you want what's best for your kid. You want them to have the most and you want to see them get married and go to college and get a good job," Cribb said. "And then when you get a diagnosis that he may never speak, I guess that's the hardest thing, not knowing."
Keegan was diagnosed with severe Autism last year. He's non-verbal.
"He can't be left alone, even for me to just go to the bathroom," said Cribb. "He has to have 24 hour care."
He also has a heart condition and food aversion. His days consist of several therapy sessions.
"He's wanting to go out and run and play like a normal kid, but he can't do that because he sees no danger," said Cribb.
From meltdowns to constant movements, Keegan's family feels a service dog is imperative in helping Keegan advance in life and thrive.
"It would be tremendous," said Cribb. "It would honestly help him and me. The dog would actually help him by sitting on his lap so he would be able to learn more skills and actually play with things and do things like a normal kid would do."
But the lowest estimate the family has received on how much a service dog would cost is $15,000.
"That's a lot of money," Cribb said. "It's already difficult enough when you're paying for therapies and everything else."
The family launched a Go Fund Me page, and FOX 46 has tried reaching out to several service dog companies.
"It's more important than anything I've ever done," Cribb said. "Because you know he deserves the best chance at a full life." They said a service dog would be life changing.
"Even if we could get some of the money, I'd do anything to get the other part," said Cribb. "It would give him some independence to be able to play and be a kid , and he could also have social interactions because he doesn't with kids, he doesn't like them in his space, but he loves animals."
To the family, it would mean everything.
"I honestly believe therapies work but the companion of an animal, a dog, would do everything for him."
You can donate to Keegan's GoFundMe page by clicking here.