GOODYEAR, AZ - A Valley family is struggling to help their 9-year-old child. They're hoping the bond with a service dog will make his life better.
They just need a little help to make it happen.
Nine-year-old Evan McCure seems to always find himself playing alone.
"I have a hard time making friends. I have to play by myself."
And the reality of being alone is something he has gotten used to.
What's it like going to school? "It's a nightmare. It's a nightmare that will never end," said Evan.
Children say the unthinkable to Evan.
"They call me someone who shouldn't belong anywhere in the world."
And it's all because he has autism.
"It's so hurtful, because he deserves to be here just as much as anyone else," said Evan's mom Nichole McCure.
So his parents are hoping a service dog named Hazel will make a difference.
A friend that will love him unconditionally when the rest of the world is a little less accepting.
They believe Hazel will help him cope with his anxiety and make it easier for him to be social.
Evan's family needs $17,000 to get Hazel for their son. The cost goes into the special training needed to help Evan.
If you would like to help Evan bring his service dog home, you can donate here.