Making Memories with Joshua

$25,202 of $70k goal

Raised by 230 people in 3 months
Jeremy Bastin  Cambridge, ON

 ***Important Fundraizing Update***

$1 matched for every $1 donated up to $25,000!!!!! This is valid from & above the point of $22000 raised so far and until the end of April to help reach our goal!!!

"Please show you care and also share"❤

We're an ordinary family facing a devastating reality. The heartbreaking truth, that one day soon, our son Joshua will no longer be with us.

Joshua has suffered his ten precious years of life, with Congenital Muscular Dystrophy, and our remaining time left with him is uncertain.

Muscular Dystrophy is a disease with no cure, causing muscle loss and eventually, heart or respiratory failure. Life expectancy is usually between the ages of 2 and 13 years old.

On a daily basis, Joshua requires doses of medication, nutrition through a permanent feeding tube and multiple lung treatments. He has needed 24 hour care his entire life, just to keep him breathing.

Joshua's never been able to speak, sit up or feed himself. He's never walked or been able to play like other children.But despite his limitations, he's a happy boy, full of wonder. He loves to see and experience new things. To hear laughter and music. But most of all, he loves to be held.

Recently we faced one of the most terrifying moments of our lives when Joshua almost died because of respiratory failure. We couldn't begin to imagine a day without him. It's a miracle he is with us today.

Joshua's condition continues to deteriorate, and every day, we're frightened by the possibility that it could be his last.
Uncertain of the amount of time we have left with him, our wish is to create as many wonderful memories with him as possible, while he is still with us.

We would like to show him as much of the world as we can, for as long as we have left with him. Memories we will cherish forever. That's why we are urgently seeking the support of caring people like you.

Unable to travel by airplane with his condition and the amount of medical equipment needed just to keep him breathing, we would like to be able to purchase a mobile home so we can travel with him.

We would also like to lend the mobile home, to other families wanting to travel with a sick child. A gift that will keep on giving, long after Joshua is gone.

But right now it's an impossible dream without compassionate people to help us.

We humbly ask you to consider helping us achieve this dream for Joshua, our family and many other families with sick children, by contributing to our Making Memories with Joshua Fund today. And by sharing our story with as many people as you can.

Please give our son the chance to spend his remaining time here with us, seeing the beauty our world has to offer, while being surrounded by the love of his family.

Our time left with Joshua is running out, and for that reason, the help we need is urgent.

Please help support us and share our story today.

Sincerely,
The Bastin Family

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Update 7
Posted by Jeremy Bastin
2 days ago
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Come enjoy some music and drinks along with some fabulous silent auction prizes!
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Update 6
Posted by Jeremy Bastin
6 days ago
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WE HAVE SOME EXCITING NEWS!!!!! 

Someone has provided a dollar-for-dollar matching grant.  That means for every $1 donated by anyone from now until the end of April, they will donate $1 up to $25,000 which will go 100% towards the 'Making Memories with Joshua' fund. So your giving starting now goes twice as far, and the total would allow us to move forward with our dream!  Thank you to those who have supported us to date, and for those considering a gift. Know that every dollar helps!
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Update 5
Posted by Jeremy Bastin
14 days ago
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With time near approaching to reach our goal to travel, we've been exploring a more achievable option. The change to$70,000 reflects multiple used rv's that we're looking at with lower mileage and the ability to be modified to suit Joshua's needs. Unlike the larger more expensive type, the biggest obstacles are planning and making room for all of Joshua's equipment and room for his wheelchair while traveling. Also we have to be incredibly prepared to the rv is suitable and adapted to ensure he is able to get the rest he requires. This is challenging with a family of five in a tight space but very important and necessary for him just to have the energy to breathe the next day or we run the risk of him degrading and unable to keep his lungs open. This option will work and we're so excited as we're preparing to travel April/May...

Thank you for your support and please help share so we can reach our goal ASAP.

THANKS!
The Bastin Family ❤
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Update 4
Posted by Jeremy Bastin
1 month ago
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We have so many people caring and doing things in there own way to help make our dream of "Making Memories with Joshua" come true!

Special thanks to my friend Natalia Hahn all the way from Switzerland who started putting things together when she found out Joshua was on life support in ICU. Thank-you my talented friend Rebecca Foster, who once she heard about Joshua with no hesitation put together the videos so people could see and understand Joshua's difficult life and for the support. Thank-you to Leena Latafat of CTV for hearing about Joshua and caring to pursue and help let people know. Thank-you to Donna Kirk and Holly Morris from Expressions by DSK who have put together a Fashion/Talent show event because of their care and love for our family. Thank-you to Susan Cook-Scheerer of Rogers daytime for having us on your show to talk about Joshua and the Fashion show event. Thanks to Rachel Martin who is an amazing, ambitious woman for doing all you can to help raise money and for the emotional support! Thank-you to our new friends Lindsay Pardo and Brock Pardo who heard of Joshua through our son Owen who was doing his part trying to raise money by selling pens door to door. Lindsay's an amazing photographer who was a stranger to us, but has done so much just because she is a loving and caring person. Thanks to my friend Angela HB who is doing a Thirty-one fundraiser to help. Thanks to my buddy Adam Stephenson from the optimist club for working on putting another fundraiser together. Thank you to the Cambridge Times for after hearing about Joshua, doing an article about him and our fundraising. Thanks to all the people who have seen and heard about our little Joshua and have supported us in whatever way they could and shared our story. Especially thanks to people like the single parent mother who could only afford $10 because that means as much as any amount because it's true generosity and love.

Joshua Bastin, his disease is a degenerative disease. Even if there were treatments or cures found in the near future, his body is too damaged and beyond repair. Realistically, at best he has only a 30% chance of living more than 5 more years. Please, please understand that now is the time for us to make memories with him before it's too late and his health has declined to the point is just end of life care. We are extremely emotionally tied to this, so thank you to those who are lifting us up!

God has blessed us with you in our lives!

For information on the Juniorkins fundraising support pledge, visit http://bit.ly/2knCcYO

For information on the fashion show fundraiser, visit http://bit.ly/2jRt2Ax.

For information on the Thirty-one fundraiser, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1194176743985021/?ti=cl
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$25,202 of $70k goal

Raised by 230 people in 3 months
Created December 15, 2016
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