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Community raises money to buy service dog for 6-year-old with severe allergies

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TREASURE ISLAND, FL (WFLA) -

When Samantha Feeley was 6 -months old, doctors diagnosed her with the worst kinds of allergies. Just being in the same room with peanuts or dairy could kill her.

"She'll go into cardiac arrest," said Allison Feeley, Samantha's mom. "She'll go into liver failure, just organs shutting down, labored breathing, hives heads to toe, mucus, congestion, and she'll die from it."

Samantha has had 30 life-threatening episodes. The most recent was this week. She has to carry emergency medicine with her everywhere she goes. So Allison Feeley has acted as her daughter's guard.

But keeping the little girl safe has meant mostly staying home.

"Ever since six months old, we've been very careful about what she does and who's she's around and what she touches. It's basically mommy full-time, and that's what we do."

At 6 years old, though, Samantha wants more. She wants to go to school, the mall, play outside. The family has found an allergy service dog named Angel in Colorado. Like a bomb-sniffing dog, Angel, will sniff out peanuts and dairy residue so Samantha can go wherever she wants.

But getting this dog hasn't been easy. The community helped raise the $20,000 to buy the dog. A benefit at CJ's on the Island in Treasure Island this weekend raised more money for this family. Various musicians from the Bay area donated their time to help raise money for the little girl.

Samantha was at the benefit, and says she can't wait to get her new dog and start her new life.

"It's going to be an amazing life, to have a pet and to have somebody who guards me."

If you want to contribute money to help this family, go to www.AngelServiceDogs.com. You can make a tax deductible donation to help train Angel.

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