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Diabetic girl surprised with service dog at run/walk event

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Rita Cohen with her service dog, Lyla. Rita Cohen with her service dog, Lyla.
CARY, N.C. -

The rain didn't stop several people or their dogs from taking a walk to help children with invisible disabilities.

The first Triangle Paws 5K Run/Walk was held at the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary Sunday afternoon. Benefits will help get service alert dogs for kids with "invisible" disabilities like Type 1 diabetes, autism and epilepsy.

Nine-year-old Rita Cohen suffers from diabetes. She was surprised with a service dog of her very own named Lyla.

"She sleeps with me in case I drop or go really high in the night and I don't realize it," she said.

Lyla has been trained to be a service dog since she was 7 weeks old.

"In the future, she can learn to fetch the meter for them, to get something for a low blood sugar, to dial 911 and other assistance Rita might need," said service dog trainer Erin Coulter.

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