Maryville boy with autism, epilepsy needs help raising funds for service dog

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MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A 4-year-old Maryville boy with epilepsy and autism needs a little help. A service dog could help warn of seizures and keep him safe.

Local 8 News Anchor Lauren Davis talked with the parents about why they're asking for their community's help.

At two years old, Blake started having seizures. Blake's mom Megan Pass said, "It's horrible. When he first started, I would hold my breath because he was holding his breath."

A combination of medicines helped control the attacks. Then last year, another difficult blow: Blake's family found out he has autism. Blake's dad Jeffery Pass said, "He doesn't talk or socialize. He just doesn't communicate. He's non-verbal."

His parents, Jeffrey and Megan, found "Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers." They are looking for a dog to be a safety device for Blake and a companion for his hospital visits. The problem is a $25,000 price tag.

"We want to raise money as quick as possible because Blake is about to start kindergarten and we're worried about him going to those places alone," Jeffrey said.

They've teamed with the Maryville t-shirt company "Go Teez" to create a t-shirt for sale to raise money for Blake's service dog. They say it could be life changing.

"We could do more with him," Megan said. "Let him be more active and be more normal."

If you would like to donate money for the service dog, you can click here.

If you would like the t-shirt, click here.