The family recently got a puppy — an eventual therapy dog for Dominick, Laura said.
Laura recently completed classes to do foster care; she says she’d like to open their home to special needs youths, like Dominick. Previously, Laura was in nursing school but had to drop out when Dominick had major back surgery.
Laura and Carlos owned Salem Taxi before selling the business four years ago. They’ve lived in Salem since 1999 and previously lived in Peabody. Laura grew up in Beverly; Carlos grew up in Peabody after coming to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic as a teenager.
Dominick attends the Kevin O’Grady School at the North Shore Educational Consortium in Beverly, while his brothers go to Witchcraft Heights Elementary in Salem.
Last year, the family was able to travel to Walt Disney World in Florida through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
“I haven’t seen him that happy in a long time,” Laura said of the trip.
WANT TO HELP?
Salem 14-year-old Dominick Pacheco is in an online contest to win a wheelchair-accessible van. To vote, visit www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com and click on "enter or vote now" at the top of the page. Find Dominick by typing in his name or selecting Massachusetts in the "find a local hero" search field. You can vote once per day. Voting closes May 10, and winners will be announced May 31.