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Fund a Ride for Austin and Jackson

$33,721 of $32,500 goal

Raised by 176 people in 19 months

Provide a Ride for Austin & Jackson Phillips

Austin & Jackson are brothers born just two years apart. They both have Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy ( https://www.mda.org/disease/duchenne-muscular-dystrophy), a debilitating muscular disease which limits their ability to walk and shortens their lifespan.  Austin is 11 and attends Wilson Intermediate School and Jackson attends CB Smith.  Dist. 108 – Pekin, IL sees a huge need and that’s why we’re asking the wider community to help us raise funds to purchase an accessible van for their family.

Their mom, Courtney, is a single, hard working parent who moved to Dist. 108 2 years ago.  Mr. Josh Norman, Austin’s principal at Wilson school, encouraged Austin’s mom to bring his power chair to school. The reason she had not done it before was she had no way to get his wheelchair to and from school.  Since both children are in the latchkey program (before and after school care) that means Austin & Jackson can not ride the accessible bus to and from home.  Currently their mom drives a 4 door sedan with over 200,000 miles on it. Having an accessible van that can accommodate 2 wheelchairs will enable Courtney and her boys to participate in family activities outside of their home.

Courtney has connected with an agency that will pay for and install the lifts and WE NEED your help to purchase the van. During this season of giving, we are asking you to open your heart to help purchase an accessible van for Austin & Jackson’s mom.

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Another amazing night for “Fund A Ride for Austin and Jackson”! We raised $862 in just donations at our Mashie’s Trivia Night and surpassed our end of the month goal and are very close to $21,400 raised. I want to thank everyone who came to the event and donated to this great cause. Our plan for February is to purchase a van! Yes our dream is becoming a reality for this deserving family. Please though continue to share our cause on FB, with family, friends, co workers, etc. so we can get the boys a new van! Once again thanks to everyone for all your support! https://www.gofundme.com/austin-jackson
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We are over the 1/2 way mark now thanks to many friends and family members! Our goal now is to have mom and boys in their new car by the end of January,

So please give them your support by sharing this with others on social media and making your donation today!
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Another milestone....today we are officially half way to our goal! We can’t thank everyone enough for all your support, donations, and getting the word out on social media and sharing our story with friends. Our new goal is to purchase a van by the end of January! Please keep sharing and thanks again!
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So we are getting close to the $15,000 mark. My hope is to have Austin and Jackson a ride by the end of January! We know that it is a lofty goal but also an achievable goal with the help of everyone sharing the story and continuing to encourage others to donate! Once again we can’t thank our community enough for all the support!
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$33,721 of $32,500 goal

Raised by 176 people in 19 months
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$10,352
Anonymous
15 months ago (Offline Donation)
PC
$312
Pekin Kiwanis Club
15 months ago (Offline Donation)
$721
Anonymous
16 months ago (Offline Donation)
PB
$429
Pekin Sunset Kiwanis Club Sunday Breakfast
16 months ago (Offline Donation)
MN
$102
Mashie’s Trivia Night
16 months ago (Offline Donation)
JW
$25
Jessica Sullivan Meg Wilmarth Carrie Cummings (Mashies Trivia Winners)
16 months ago (Offline Donation)
DC
$50
Darlene Curry
16 months ago (Offline Donation)
LE
$25
Leonard Ealey
16 months ago (Offline Donation)
TD
$175
Tazwell County Health Department
16 months ago (Offline Donation)
DL
$50
Donna Laird
16 months ago (Offline Donation)
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