Support Austin Our Hero

$336,279 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 14,367 people in 31 months
Kera Niehus  KREMMLING, CO


     Austin was born with Goldenhar Syndrome. Goldenhar Syndrome is a rare genetic condition that causes a craniofacial birth defect of the face and head, usually affecting the eyes, ears, and vertibrae. 
     Austin is 14 now and has had over 50 surgeries, including cleft lip and pallet repair, G-Tube, Tracheotomy, Bone anchored hearing aid, external ear reconstruction, Bone Grafts, Orthodontia, and multiple Mandible Distractions.
     Austin has grown into a kind, intelligent and gentle young boy even after enduring bullying most of his life. He has a great future in front of him, as well as many more surgeries.
     Austin's next surgery will be his 53rd. It is a major surgery to repair his open pallet. Insurance won't cover the plate they will be using to close his pallet. It costs $4,000. We need to raise this amount by June 2015.
     Austin's family is doing everything they can to raise the money for this. Any kind of donation will be a blessing. Thank you for your generosity and wish us luck. God Bless.
     We will be posting updates on our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/austinourhero
     If you want to send Austin a card, letter, or a note you can mail it to Austin Niehus, PO Box 1251 Hayden, CO 81639.

 













This is Austin's Papa. I'm an admin for the GoFundMe and Austin's FB page. I'm a very proud Papa and I'm also very proud of my daughter-in-law. She has done remarkable things for her family and for many other people and families in need. This 9News feature taken about 4 years ago is just one reason why I am so proud of her and my grandchildren.

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Update 13
Posted by Kera Niehus
8 months ago
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Thank you so much for your donations. I know that the main amout looks confusing. I'm sorry I didn't want to have to open a whole new go fund me page. But we are making progress. We are at $535.00 so far and when it hits the $2000.00 mark I will close this back down. Thank you for loving my son and helping out. We are trying to get Austin hooked up with more doctors in hopes to get the best care for him possible. Thank you again.
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Update 12
Posted by Kera Niehus
8 months ago
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Please help support Austin by helping us fund for him to see a new Cranial Facial Team in Seattle Washington and a new Dentist that in an ENT. Previous donations are locked into his medical account and can't be withdrawn for travel and a hotel. Thank you for your kindness and generosity.
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Update 11
Posted by Kera Niehus
8 months ago
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Please help support Austin by helping us fund for him to see a new specialist in Washington. Thank you for your kindness and support.
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Update 10
Posted by Kera Niehus
19 months ago
Thank you to every single person that has donated their hard earned money to fund my son’s surgery, and way then some. Because of all your generous love, Austin is very well funded for future stuff as well. We have decided to close the funding. I can’t in good conscience continue to accept any more. God is good. We appreciate all that you have done. Please go to Austin’s Facebook Page ( https://www.facebook.com/austinourhero) as I will be posting pictures and keeping everyone updated.
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Adam Awan
19 months ago

To Austin: sorry I didn't get here in time to donate, but I'd like to thank you for sharing your story. It makes me reflect on how I deal with the much smaller set-backs in my own life. I wish many more people will follow in the shining examples of compassion, strength and perseverance that you and your mother have shared with us. Your mother clearly loves you very much. Don't ever let bullies get you down, because you know inside you're cared for by very many people (not just the 14000+ people who donated!). The bullies' anger stems from their fear for how they could ever be strong enough to live life in your shoes. With the inner strength you've shown us in your video, you can achieve your aspirations and dreams, whatever they may be, and enjoy a successful and fulfilled life. I wish you the all the best for the future.

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Quốc Hùng
14 months ago
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chúc em sớm khỏe mạnh, god bless

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James Garnish
19 months ago
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What an inspiration to us all, and the determination, and willingness of others to help, shows there is a lot of good in this world.. Austin, keep fighting the good fight, and don't let others drag you down. You have made incredible strides, and that wonderful heart you have, will inspire others to see what the power of love can do. To your Mom, and Dad..... You are a testament to love, and never giving up. I would do the same for my kids, and it is the hope of many others, including myself, that you finally can rest assured that things will work out for Austin. You have done good... =)

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Alisha Stoewer
19 months ago
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Austin you are such a strong little boy with such an amazing heart! just by looking at the pictures I can see the love in this family! How amazing it is! I love this story! I am so glad you have reached your goal and then some for Austin, God is so amazing! I pray he continues to bless your family! I also pray for a successful surgery for Austin this June. God Bless

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Jodie Rodriguez
18 months ago
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3

I'm going through a hard time right now and I hope I don't offend anybody, but I am going to share my link on this comment, please take a minute to read my story. Thank you and God bless

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Cathy Benton
19 months ago
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May God bless you and keep you in warmth, and love, I was not going to do this but it makes me angry that a country like ours can send surgeons all over the world to help children who need these surgery's, but in our own country where this could and should be done the charge is beyond what insurance will cover and hospitals who can make a difference will not.

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Jessica Moon Wilcox
19 months ago
2
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Beautiful boy, hold your head high. You have endured more in your short time then most will ever will. You are brave and strong. Good luck in June!

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Lưu Bá Ngọc Quỳnh
14 months ago
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1

You are a beautiful boy and a strong man. Hope the luck will go with you. God has not given you lucky people . But people always share with you . At least mentally . Let Try your best! Thanks for your story :3

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Huy Phù Tường
14 months ago
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1

Pray for you , Austin :)

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Ducphuong Nguyen
14 months ago
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my prince.........god bless you

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LeAnnette Goodwin
18 months ago
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Austin, I wish I had seen your video sooner and been able to help you. It would have been an honor to do so. You are a shining example of everything good and beautiful and right in the world. Much love and wishes for a smooth and successful surgery. I'll be watching you! Namaste, precious one.

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Victoria Delmer
18 months ago
1
1

God made us just the way we're supposed to be..true words lil man. You inspire me...I thank you

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Jodie Rodriguez
18 months ago
1
1

Austin you are an amazing young man:) I'm always praying for you and your family:)

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Benjamin Tyler
7 months ago

May I send U neon sign such batman

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Umaru Trần
9 months ago

You are strong and opimistic boy. You have a beatiful smile. I hope the surgery is success :), and so sorry about that I can’t do anything for you :(. However, good luck to you, Austin :D. (Sorry because my English are not very good :P)

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Umaru Trần
9 months ago

You are strong and opimistic boy. You have a beatiful smile. I hope the surgery is success :), and so sorry about that I can’t donate for you :(. However, good luck to you, Austin :D. (Sorry because my English are not very good :P)

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Yuki Souma
12 months ago

I'm sorry I was just a kid not to do anything for you, but I wish you would get peace of God

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Moc Mien
12 months ago

chúc em mau khỏe mạnh :)))

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Pam Fliehmann
12 months ago

Austin, you are one beautiful young man. In the short time I watched you I couldn't help but think what a strong and loving guy you are. I think many could learn so much from you. The "bullies" have a story of their own. They are usually unsure and unhappy with themselves for what ever reason. They inflict pain on others to make their own pain go away. You are such a brave and sweet young man. I love your winks, thumbs up and smiles. And your mom and granddad are pretty special too. I would love to follow you and watch your progress. If your face turns out as beautiful as your soul you will have to beat the girls off with a stick. I think you are pretty cute right now. Look out world, Austin is on his way. Thank you for sharing and God Bless You Always. You are in my heart. Love.............Pam

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Summer Lawson
13 months ago

Austin, you are an amazing young man and such an inspiration to many. Thank you for sharing your story, it breaks my heart to know that such a kind and bright young man like you has been bullied. You deserve so much better in life and I hope you will achieve it. Don't let anyone talk you down. I hope all went well with your surgery

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Adam Awan
19 months ago

To Austin: sorry I didn't get here in time to donate, but I'd like to thank you for sharing your story. It makes me reflect on how I deal with the much smaller set-backs in my own life. I wish many more people will follow in the shining examples of compassion, strength and perseverance that you and your mother have shared with us. Your mother clearly loves you very much. Don't ever let bullies get you down, because you know inside you're cared for by very many people (not just the 14000+ people who donated!). The bullies' anger stems from their fear for how they could ever be strong enough to live life in your shoes. With the inner strength you've shown us in your video, you can achieve your aspirations and dreams, whatever they may be, and enjoy a successful and fulfilled life. I wish you the all the best for the future.

+ Read More
Quốc Hùng
14 months ago
5
5

chúc em sớm khỏe mạnh, god bless

+ Read More
James Garnish
19 months ago
5
5

What an inspiration to us all, and the determination, and willingness of others to help, shows there is a lot of good in this world.. Austin, keep fighting the good fight, and don't let others drag you down. You have made incredible strides, and that wonderful heart you have, will inspire others to see what the power of love can do. To your Mom, and Dad..... You are a testament to love, and never giving up. I would do the same for my kids, and it is the hope of many others, including myself, that you finally can rest assured that things will work out for Austin. You have done good... =)

+ Read More
Alisha Stoewer
19 months ago
4
4

Austin you are such a strong little boy with such an amazing heart! just by looking at the pictures I can see the love in this family! How amazing it is! I love this story! I am so glad you have reached your goal and then some for Austin, God is so amazing! I pray he continues to bless your family! I also pray for a successful surgery for Austin this June. God Bless

+ Read More
Jodie Rodriguez
18 months ago
3
3

I'm going through a hard time right now and I hope I don't offend anybody, but I am going to share my link on this comment, please take a minute to read my story. Thank you and God bless

+ Read More
Cathy Benton
19 months ago
2
2

May God bless you and keep you in warmth, and love, I was not going to do this but it makes me angry that a country like ours can send surgeons all over the world to help children who need these surgery's, but in our own country where this could and should be done the charge is beyond what insurance will cover and hospitals who can make a difference will not.

+ Read More
Jessica Moon Wilcox
19 months ago
2
2

Beautiful boy, hold your head high. You have endured more in your short time then most will ever will. You are brave and strong. Good luck in June!

+ Read More
Lưu Bá Ngọc Quỳnh
14 months ago
1
1

You are a beautiful boy and a strong man. Hope the luck will go with you. God has not given you lucky people . But people always share with you . At least mentally . Let Try your best! Thanks for your story :3

+ Read More
Huy Phù Tường
14 months ago
1
1

Pray for you , Austin :)

+ Read More
Ducphuong Nguyen
14 months ago
1
1

my prince.........god bless you

+ Read More
LeAnnette Goodwin
18 months ago
1
1

Austin, I wish I had seen your video sooner and been able to help you. It would have been an honor to do so. You are a shining example of everything good and beautiful and right in the world. Much love and wishes for a smooth and successful surgery. I'll be watching you! Namaste, precious one.

+ Read More
Victoria Delmer
18 months ago
1
1

God made us just the way we're supposed to be..true words lil man. You inspire me...I thank you

+ Read More
Jodie Rodriguez
18 months ago
1
1

Austin you are an amazing young man:) I'm always praying for you and your family:)

+ Read More
Benjamin Tyler
7 months ago

May I send U neon sign such batman

+ Read More
Umaru Trần
9 months ago

You are strong and opimistic boy. You have a beatiful smile. I hope the surgery is success :), and so sorry about that I can’t do anything for you :(. However, good luck to you, Austin :D. (Sorry because my English are not very good :P)

+ Read More
Umaru Trần
9 months ago

You are strong and opimistic boy. You have a beatiful smile. I hope the surgery is success :), and so sorry about that I can’t donate for you :(. However, good luck to you, Austin :D. (Sorry because my English are not very good :P)

+ Read More
Yuki Souma
12 months ago

I'm sorry I was just a kid not to do anything for you, but I wish you would get peace of God

+ Read More
Moc Mien
12 months ago

chúc em mau khỏe mạnh :)))

+ Read More
Pam Fliehmann
12 months ago

Austin, you are one beautiful young man. In the short time I watched you I couldn't help but think what a strong and loving guy you are. I think many could learn so much from you. The "bullies" have a story of their own. They are usually unsure and unhappy with themselves for what ever reason. They inflict pain on others to make their own pain go away. You are such a brave and sweet young man. I love your winks, thumbs up and smiles. And your mom and granddad are pretty special too. I would love to follow you and watch your progress. If your face turns out as beautiful as your soul you will have to beat the girls off with a stick. I think you are pretty cute right now. Look out world, Austin is on his way. Thank you for sharing and God Bless You Always. You are in my heart. Love.............Pam

+ Read More
Summer Lawson
13 months ago

Austin, you are an amazing young man and such an inspiration to many. Thank you for sharing your story, it breaks my heart to know that such a kind and bright young man like you has been bullied. You deserve so much better in life and I hope you will achieve it. Don't let anyone talk you down. I hope all went well with your surgery

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