Meet Dakota, an 11-year-old from Mt. Juliet.
In 2013, Dakota was diagnosed with a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy called Congenital Muscular Dystrophy. There is currently not a cure for CMD.
Our friend Dakota is such a fighter when it comes to her CMD. As she continues to grow, her muscles continue to deteriorate. At the age of 11, her muscles are comparable to those of a toddler. Her muscles are not strong enough to support her as she continues to get taller.
Dakota's mother Leaura told iHeartRadio, "Dakota is inspiring, creative and talented with an old soul and a kind heart."
She continued to say she always reminds Dakota to say her prayers and "always have hope, be optimistic and put good energy out into the world. What you give out there is what you get back."
Dakota is looking to the community for help in getting a service dog. A service dog would assist her with her balance, help her from falling or getting knocked over, aid in helping her pick things up from the ground, and give her a feeling of independence, especially as she enters middle school this year.
While Dakota does have insurance, service animals are not covered. A GoFundMe page has been created to help raise money for getting Dakota the service dog she needs.
To learn more about Dakota's journey or to donate, check out her GoFundMe page HERE!