Group raises $8,000 toward service dog for Colchester teen
A Sept. 19 charity motorcycle ride put on by the Tazmanian Devils raised $6,500 for a Colchester teen who needs a service dog to help him live more independently with epilepsy.
Heather Yates-Smith, who organized the event that culminated in a party at Essex’s Backstage Pub, said this week that the group has raised another $1,500 through a GoFundMe online campaign, bringing the total to $8,000 so far. The group also is running a raffle at Backstage for a team grill worth $2,500, and they are hoping that will bring in more money.
The goal is to raise $18,000 to pair 16-year-old Zarek Melick, a student at Colchester High School, with a dog trained to recognize the signs of a seizure and help keep him safe in the event one occurs.
For information on the GoFundMe campaign or other ways to help, visit www.zareksservicedog.com