Chris Davis is a Mount Joy man in his 20s who was diagnosed as a child with severe autism, and his father Bill is a man fiercely dedicated to Chris’ education, development, well-being and happiness. They were interviewed as part of “Far From the Tree,” a book by National Book Award-winning author Andrew Solomon.

Bill talks about the learning curve for parents and Chris, sharing the name of his school, has 12,000 comments and more than 300,000 Facebook shares in a week.

“I thought to myself, if he’s happy, if he stops hurting himself, if I could hug him, that that would be the greatest gift in life,” Bill says in the video. “And we continued against all odds. And he got better.”