Garrett is a great kid with such a huge heart and his extended family is trying to raise some money to help off-set the costs of the immediate need to upgrade his home for a little sense of ease in his day to day life. The current bathroom is too dangerous and he risks falling and seriously injuring himself and his parents have a difficult time lifting him in and out of the tub. Also, Garrett cannot enter his house with his wheelchair, so the front of his house needs to be remodeled with a wheelchair ramp.
Despite this debilitating disease, through extreme strength and determination, Garrett has managed to start high school even though he was told early on that he would likely be wheelchair bound by eight years old - but school is very tough for him because of his disability.
The emotional pain is hard, but Garrett has never known a day in his life without excruciating physical pain. His doctors report that his pain level has always been off the charts. His family is asking the community to band together so they can do whatever they can to make his life more comfortable.
We are setting the goal at $60,000 to ensure we meet it and can get at least one project completed.
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy prevents the production of dystrophin which is the normal protein in muscle and typically appears between the age of two and six affecting 1 out of 3500 boys. Because of this, muscle weakness can begin as early as age three, first affecting the muscles of the hips, pelvic area, thighs and shoulders, and later the skeletal (voluntary) muscles in the arms, legs and trunk. The weakness typically causes clumsiness, frequent falling, an unusual gait and general weakness. Most patients with Duchennes require a wheelchair.
By the early teens, the heart and respiratory muscles also are affected. Sadly most do not make it past their early 20s because the muscles in the heart and lungs are no longer capable of functioning to support life.
There is currently no cure for DMD. It is a terminal condition.
Garrett's family appreciates any contribution you can make whether it be time, talent or treasure. We are most grateful for your continued prayers for Garrett, his parents and brother, grandparents and extended family and friends.
- Danny Williamson
- dennis brady
- Robin Bittman
- Larry Watzman
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