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Help Josh See His Bucket List

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  Who is Josh?

Josh, like so many 15 year old boys, enjoys sports, video games and hanging out with friends, but he is so much more than that. He is a loving brother in a family of eight children, he is someone who delights in the trappings of the outdoors, and has a thirst for both knowledge and adventure. He loves God, family and friends. But most of all he makes everyone around him smile.


What Happened?

On Saturday, September 15th Josh received a life altering diagnosis during a routine eye exam. Expecting to walk away from the checkup with a prescription for glasses, he was instead told that in mere weeks/months he would likely be blind. The news was devastating to say the least, but Josh has held strong, grounding himself in his faith, determined to trust God through it all. Josh has amazing family and friends that have surrounded him with love, prayers, talks, and loads of fun and games.   


Josh’s diagnosis of Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy, LHON or Leber’s disease, came months after his initial symptoms which had manifest in June. The symptoms, blotchy vision in one eye, were originally thought to be linked to dehydration as they came about during a basketball game. Though Josh continued to struggle with his vision as school started an appointment was set with an eye doctor. It was at this time Josh was informed of his impending loss of sight.


For Josh, time with his vision is likely short. After losing sight in the first eye, a person with Leber’s disease can expect to lose sight in the second eye about eight weeks later. Josh started losing sight in his left eye back in June nearly 12 weeks ago. It would seem he is on borrowed time. Each day is a gift from God.  


Why He Needs Your Help

Josh wants nothing more than to use the remaining time with his vision to its fullest. He wants to spend time with his family and seeing some of the wonders scattered across the United States. Growing up in such a large family, travel expenses have made it difficult for Josh to travel beyond the nearby states. He has never seen the ocean, mountains, or desert, three places he longs to see before it's too late. It is here that he needs help. Travel and lodging can be expensive especially when an entire family of eight children is involved. Josh wants so badly to share the remaining time of his sight with his family, even as the marvels of the world call out and the time with his vision shrinks. Please help Josh to experience these marvels with his family at his side.

Ways you can help: share, give, pray.


Whatever way you chose to help we are grateful to have your support.


Thank you!
Blessings From the Bangert Bunch

To learn more about Josh’s condition go to WWW.LHON.ORG



Josh’s Vision Bucket List

Snorkeling
Mountains
Ocean
California
Desert
Mount Rushmore
Badlands
Chicago Bulls Game
Jet Skiing
Northern Lights
Saint Louis Cardinals Game at Busch Stadium
Skydiving
White Water Rafting
Alpine Slides
Niagara Falls
     

How the Funds Will Be Allocated
51% Travel
23% Lodging
19% Meals
7%  Activities
 
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We are heading to the Grand Canyon tomorrow morning and will be sharing pictures, mainly via Facebook, along way. Thank you to all for your continued support. Josh remains as positive and upbeat as ever. God Bless you all! Below is a link to some pics of recent activities Josh has participated in...Chicago Bulls game, Chicago Blackhawks game, 3 on 3 basketball tournament hosted by Supreme Courts in Aurora, IL and an awesome father vs son baseball game at the Schaumburg Boomers stadium.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/U7SztCrbNVUaQnyT9
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We had a wonderful trip out west, we visited San Francisco, Lake Tahoe and Yosemite. Josh got to cross some items of his Bucket List...California, mountains and the ocean, it was also his first time flying. Thank you all for making this trip possible, it was a wonderful experience for all of us and I am sure it created memories Josh will never forgot. God Bless!

Check out some pictures here... https://photos.app.goo.gl/DB9fqeHWYtWoZMLu9

Thanks Again
The Bangerts
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Journalist Anna Spoerre of the Chicago Tribune wrote a wonderful article about Josh, our family, and our community. Read the article and watch the video using the link below. Thank you all for pouring out your love and support. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-bucket-list-20181002-story.html
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We continue to be amazed by the support from everyone, we are truly blessed! Josh got to cross another item off his bucket list this weekend...seeing the Chicago Bulls play in the United Center. The Bulls hosted our entire family at their first preseason game Sunday night and treated us like family. They allowed us to sit courtside for pregame warmups, took a family photo of us at center court, provide Josh with some awesome Bulls gear, let 4 of us sit courtside during the game with the others not far behind in the lower bowl of the stadium just to name a few things...the Bulls truly made it an event to remember, thank you Chicago Bulls and thank you to all of you for making this happen. The Bulls organization told us they were really touched by the outpouring of support our family has received as many people reached out to them and shared Josh's thoughts story. God Bless You All and Thank You!
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