When Steve was 27 years old and on his way to work, some criminals attacked him and left him with a life-threatening Traumatic Brain Injury. He is unable to talk or care for himself. Steve now has a wonderful companion dog, Mario, to encourage him to reach out and interact. Mario gives Steve loyal, trusting company. Steve’s parents hope Mario will motivate Steve to learn and use signals to communicate with his new companion dog. Mario has also turned out to be a wonderful therapy dog for everyone in Steve’s nursing home in Lake Stevens, sharing his love and comfort up and down the halls, as well as with Steve.