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Motorcycle ride set to raise money for autism service dogs

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - The Maryville community is coming together to raise money and awareness for children with autism. Service dogs can be helpful tools for autistic children and now there's a way to help families afford the animals and their training.

Last year, James "Peapod" Holland was diagnosed with autism and his family needed help affording the service dog. So they held a fundraiser to gather enough funds to buy a dog. James now has his best friend, Ghost.

But they aren't stopping there. Now that James has his service dog, another fundraiser is set for this year to help other families with children who need service dogs. This year's fundraiser will include a motorcycle ride and vendor event, along with a raffle and silent auction.

The fundraiser is set for Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson in Maryville.

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