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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A local 6-year-old named Marlie has a number of special needs, including the need for a therapy dog. Now family and friends are rallying to raise the money to help her.

"Our daughter, Marlie, came to us about two months old, she came in as a foster baby," said Shelley McCain, Marlie's mom.

McCain and her husband Jamie have four kids - they're all adopted.

"We did infertility for a couple years, and we decided we`d rather spend our money toward an adoption than to spend our money on any more infertility drugs," McCain explained.

Their daughter Marlie just turned 6.

"She came to us as a drug and alcohol baby, therefore, we knew there were some things that would arise, and they have," McCain said. "At 18 months we finalized our adoption, and around 2 years old going through some first steps and stuff, we noticed we weren't meeting some tasks."

McCain says they've had tons of doctors appointments, and seen multiple therapists -- appointments that are tough for such a young girl.

"It's not fun," said Marlie.

"After all this testing, we found out that she has a list of special needs," added McCain. "A couple of her diagnoses are tick disorder, Tourette Syndrome, she also has PTSD, which is because of the trauma she had while she was In utero due to the drugs and alcohol."

Those are just to name a few.

While Marlie is on medication, McCain says they're trying to find a therapy dog that fits her daughter, will help her become more successful, and help with some day to day tasks and communication.

"For instance, Marlie has a hard time with some communication, so if she`s feeling anxious or nervous, the therapy dog will know those cues," said McCain.

McCain says the therapy dog will start off just at home.

"A trainer will actually come in and train her one on one with the dog and try to help her be the handler," McCain said.

Marlie's family is hoping to get her a medium-sized therapy dog... but it will cost them $6,000. They've raised $3,400 as of Friday.

"I just think as her mother, that I'm supposed to help her be as successful as she can be, and with special needs, her voice is sometimes not heard," McCain said.

For more information on how you can help Marlie:

T-Shirts to support :

YouCaring site :

You  can make a donation to this address, the check MUST have Marlie McCain in the memo to go towards her fund.

This site mails a tax donation form back to donor.

Paws for Unseen Disabilities

PO Box 222

Elkhorn, WI  53121

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