Support Austin Our Hero
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.
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.
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... =)
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
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.
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.
May I send U neon sign such batman
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)
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)
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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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
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