Wishes for Drew

This is the new GoFundMe Campaign for Wishes for Drew. Our previous GoFundMe expired but not before our amazing supporters raised $14,756.00. Those funds allowed us to obtain treatment, therapy, devices, and more, which we otherwise would not have been able to afford. These treatments continue to have an immediate benefit on Drew staying mobile and healthy. He reports that he never wants to go without them since they are helping him so much. That is why we have done everything we possibly can to get him to treatments and ensure he keeps getting them. These treatments also benefit his heart, lungs and every other function in his body. We also were able to purchase an infrared/pemf/heat mat which not only benefits his blood flow and reduces inflammation...it also eases his aching and cramping muscles. Our generous supporters also allowed us to purchase stretching blocks, supplements, and medications not covered by insurance which cost hundreds of dollars each month.


For those who do not know, our son Drew was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (“DMD”) on Valentine’s Day of 2019 at the age of seven. DMD is a 100% fatal muscle wasting condition which typically limits an individual’s life expectancy to the early twenties, sometimes much younger. We as a family will fight tooth and nail to save Drew’s life and will work tirelessly to do our part to spread awareness and raise support for other families fighting DMD and other rare diseases. We have chosen to rely on both traditional as well as some non-traditional treatments in fighting Drew’s progression, and thanks to the support of so many amazing people and companies, we have seen an actual and amazing improvements for Drew. Many of the treatments and therapies are not covered by insurance however, and are prohibitively expensive so we have turned to the community for assistance. The community has risen to the occasion! We hope that each individual who has been so gracious and generous to our family, realizes that every penny given has led to a massive improvement in Drew’s ability, stability, and enjoyment of life. 


Unfortunately, due to the nature of this disease and the fact that it is not cured yet, the expenses associated with Drew’s needs will continue on. The great news is that there are increasingly promising therapeutics on the horizon. We just need to keep Drew as healthy and mobile as possible until they arrive! We have been blessed and very fortunate this past year by being invited to become ambassadors for Cure Rare Disease (“CRD”). This ambassadorship means so much to us! Because of this, Drew is now on the list of patients to receive a one-of-a-kind customized therapeutic via CRISPR, which will hopefully correct his specific genetic mutation that is causing his DMD. This is an opportunity of a lifetime for Drew and we are going to do all we can to make sure he doesn’t miss it. We hope that this will be the beginning of the end of Drew’s DMD. By being ambassadors, one of our duties is to fundraise so that CRD can continue funding research and treatment for Drew and the other children and adults who they are helping fight against rare diseases. CRD will be one of the beneficiaries of this GoFundMe campaign which will enable them to continue working on treatment, including a specific one for Drew. Other funds raised will be used to help us with the cost of Drew’s  treatments and therapies and hopefully allow us to help other families afford those treatments as well. 


We don’t want to outlive our son and we want Drew to have every opportunity in life that all parents want for their children. We know this is a big ask and we know that so many people are going through rough times right now, so we do not ask for support lightly. We deeply appreciate everyone who has supported us in so many ways, and not just through donations but prayers as well. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and please stay tuned to our Facebook page @WishesForDrew and our soon to be updated website at wishesfordrew 


Love, 


The Gunther Family
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    • $50 
    • 1 mo
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    • $100 
    • 6 mos
  • Ricardo Contreras 
    • $100 
    • 8 mos
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    • $50 
    • 8 mos
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    • $25 
    • 8 mos
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Organizer

Steve Gunther 
Organizer
Harrisburg, PA