Strength for Samuel

$18,380 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 224 people in 32 months
Alyson Sutherland
on behalf of Allison Silver
 HUDSON, MA
This is Samuel. For several years his parents, Jeff and Allison Silver, tried to start a family and finally they were pregnant with this little miracle. During the pregnancy they realized there were some complications and he was not progressing normally. Still, Jeff and Allison couldn’t wait to be parents and Samuel was born on August 7, 2015 with an incredibly rare genetic condition called Osteogenesis Imperfecta. He is type III which is the most severe among children that do survive. Since Samuel was born he has endured:

-Two major surgeries one of which led to pneumonia and a blood infection.

-About ten broken bones including his skull, femurs, tibias, humerus, and ribs.

-Kyphosis and stenosis of his spine.

-A neck brace to protect his spine when moved or held.

-Many different therapies including physical therapies and infusions of pamidronate to strengthen his bones.

-Feeding tube after only being able to gain a little more than 3 pounds in the last 8 months.

Unfortunately, there is no cure and he will always be thrown challenges. The reality is that he will have to endure much more. Samuel fought hard to survive and now he is here with a big smile on his face reminding all of us to forge ahead despite the obstacles. Allison and Jeff will stop at nothing to give him everything he needs. Almost everyday of the week there is another appointment, another long drive to a doctor who specializes in one aspect of this terrible disease, another expense, another medical bill. Can you imagine not being able to hug your child for fear of breaking his bones? Can you imagine being worried about your child coughing because the force may make him break his own bones? Let's step up as a community and support these two young, incredible parents. Your money would be going to things like:

-Medical supplies
-Therapies
-Expenses from traveling to specialized doctors
-Specialized mobility equipment and clothing
-home modifications to make things more easily accessible for Sam

I know many of you want to help and so we are asking you to support this amazing family with anything you can spare. May 6th is Wishbone Day devoted to OI awareness. Can we raise this money in a month?!  Be a part of Samuel’s journey by supporting Jeff and Allison.


**Any amount you can will help but let’s dream big here, people! SHARE this and let’s make a huge difference!!!!**






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An update from Allison and Jeff:

"Thank you all for your generous gifts for our sweet Samuel. We are truly humbled by your support and feel blessed to be surrounded by so many loving and thoughtful individuals. Thank you!

Love,
Allison and Jeff Silver "
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Hey Everyone! Thank you so much for an incredible first 24 hours of donations. It is a testament to this amazing family what an awesome group of friends and family they have. Can everyone do me a favor and SHARE!!?! Facebook, twitter, instagram.... anything!

Thanks again!
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Paula Furber
6 months ago

Jeff, Allison and Samuel, I can feel how your lives have been turned upside down. To our surprise 29 years ago our daughter was born with type III Osteogenesis Imperfecta. We went many of the same issues you are being faced with and I hope you have reached out the OI Foundation. That have many helpful resources and connections. I’m happy and proud to say through all our daughters ups and downs she has become a successful graphic designer and has lived independently on her own since she turned 19. Somehow she has adapted to make the crazy life of hers work. Her heart and strength for life makes everyone she meets just become in awe of her. I’m not saying this to just boast of my daughter I say this because I want all 3 of you to know that life does get better and our children born with OI become the most amazing individuals. If you ever have any questions or just want to chat for support please feel free to contact me.

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Sally Pease
32 months ago

Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers... The Thibault Family ♡

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Raised by 224 people in 32 months
Created April 6, 2016
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$25
Nadine Chmura
3 months ago

I met Samuel yesterday and fell in love. He is adorable. I want his family to know they have support.

$100
Anonymous
3 months ago
$40
Anonymous
4 months ago
BB
$100
Beth Benoit
6 months ago

Best wishes on Sam's BIG surgery! Thinking of you all! ♥

BS
$200
Bill & Karen Sutherland
6 months ago

Thinking of you as you prepare for Samuel’s surgery. Hope all goes well. As always, you all will be in our thoughts and prayers.

$25
Anonymous
7 months ago
JK
$20
Jamie Kolek
7 months ago

This donation is being made on behalf of Kaylee Jolliff for her 3rd birthday!

Paula Furber
6 months ago

Jeff, Allison and Samuel, I can feel how your lives have been turned upside down. To our surprise 29 years ago our daughter was born with type III Osteogenesis Imperfecta. We went many of the same issues you are being faced with and I hope you have reached out the OI Foundation. That have many helpful resources and connections. I’m happy and proud to say through all our daughters ups and downs she has become a successful graphic designer and has lived independently on her own since she turned 19. Somehow she has adapted to make the crazy life of hers work. Her heart and strength for life makes everyone she meets just become in awe of her. I’m not saying this to just boast of my daughter I say this because I want all 3 of you to know that life does get better and our children born with OI become the most amazing individuals. If you ever have any questions or just want to chat for support please feel free to contact me.

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Sally Pease
32 months ago

Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers... The Thibault Family ♡

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