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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Bailee's energy is endless.

The two year old Gastonia girl keeps going and going. But all that spunk has to be contained to her home.

That means no parks, no restaurants, no grocery stores and no birthday parties.

"When Bailee gets invited to a birthday we have to decline the invitation because it's not safe for her and you try telling a two year old she can't have a cupcake," said Bailee's mom Julie.

"It's very heartbreaking."

At six months old Bailee was diagnosed with a severe allergy to all tree nuts.

And it's not just food. It's anything with a trace of nuts, lotion, shampoo even phones.

Baliee's mom lives in constant fear.

"We do keep Bailee in a bubble basically," said Julie.

"Just walking outside she can kind of cross something and come in contact with an acorn. We've had reactions to acorns."

When exposed Baliee can go into anaphylactic shock. It's the most dangerous of all allergic reactions because it causes a decrease in blood pressure leaving the brain starving for oxygen.

"Last August we were at a friend's house cooking out and she picked up their cordless phone and started having a reaction," Julie recalled.

But soon, Bailee might have just the solution.

Her own "allergy alert" dog.

The family is trying to raise $20,000 to buy Fletcher.

The black and white Labradoodle is specially trained to detect anything containing the slightest traces of nuts

"And he would put up a barrier," said Julie.

"We would say Fletcher "show us," and he would show exactly where it was."

Fletcher is trained in Colorado. Through Angel Service Dogs, Fletcher will be ready for Bailee by the end of June.

And Baliee is excited!

There's a Facebook page for Bailee, where her family posts updates for fundraisers. It's called Fletcher 4 Bailee.

You can also read the story and make a donation at angelservicedogs.com

If you would like to mail a donation to Angel Service Dogs the address is 3815 Highview Dr. Colorado Springs, CO 80908. Write Fletcher 4 Bailee in the memo line.

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