Posted at: 08/18/2013 9:49 PM
Updated at: 08/20/2013 10:28 AM

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Community Comes Together To Help Local Boy Get a Service Dog

(ABC 6 News) -- 4-year-old Trevor Wolfgang Louis can melt a person’s heart with one look.

"He makes me smile every day. He always has funny things to say. He's just full of energy, full of life," said Damien Louis, Trevor’s father.

Damien’s life revolves around a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder, an incurable disease that gives Trevor anxiety, and hinders his social skills.

"He sees things in different ways... He works extremely hard to fit in, to function in the world we function in,” said Louis.

Trevor is just one of every 88 kids that autism affects, but according to his therapist, his courage could lead him to a nearly normal life.

"I think he's got a great deal of potential, and his abilities to take on new ideas has been evident over the past couple years. But he's always gonna have limitations that autism presents," said Matt Kruse, Trevor’s therapist.

Family, friends, and community members came together Sunday to help Trevor get a service dog named Bruce. The dog is intended to help Trevor alleviate his anxiety and give him comfort when he needs it most.

"The more supports I have for Trevor… The more I’ll be able to help him," said his father.

To donate, you can go to any Wells Fargo location in Southeast Minnesota.

Donors are asked to make checks payable to the Trevor Louis Benefit Fund.