A Central PA family living in Linglestown is desperate to find their son a cure. This past February 14, 2019 (Valentine’s Day) Steve and his wife Vanessa Gunther received news which no parent ever wants to hear…”Your son has an incurable muscle wasting disease”. Their 7 year old son Drew has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and as of now, there is no cure.
Steve says they were shocked and knocked off their feet for a few weeks but that they’re not going to let this happen to their son without trying to help find a cure. The Gunther family is turning to the community, asking for help. They created a charitable organization called “Wishes for Drew”. The organization is putting money into research studies that Drew is a part of as they work to find a cure. Many of the items for the study aren’t covered by insurance. The family also hope’s to start investing into other study’s looking for a cure. They have teamed up with JAR of Hope out of New Jersey.
Right now Drew is 7, he turns 8 in in a couple months. His dad, Steve, says if they can’t find a cure then according to doctors this is Drew’s future:
- 11-13 years old: Put in a wheel chair
- 16-17 years old: Put on a ventilator
- 19-25 years old: Die from lung or heart complications
How can you help stop this from being Drew’s future? Donate time or money to help Wishes for Drew. The group is most active on Facebook @wishesfordrew. The website is www.wishesfordrew.org. The best e-mail to reach the family is is firstname.lastname@example.org. Steve Gunther said you can even text/call his cell phone at (717) 360-7801.