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The Story

omaha, NE

Drew Sillman (6) is a playful, energetic boy who is full of life. He enjoys staying active and playing with his two brothers, Colton (8) and Ryder (2). Unfortunately, Drew’s life has changed drastically over the last six months due to a severe condition.

While Drew was growing up, his parents, Mike and Cara, noticed that he was having trouble with his eyesight. They took him to the eye doctor several times to try to get the proper correction. After having no success, their local eye doctor sent them to a specialist who noticed irregularities with Drew’s vision. The specialist referred the Sillmans to a staff at the University of Iowa. Through blood testing, doctors diagnosed Drew with Juvenile Batten Disease.

Since Drew’s diagnosis, life has changed dramatically for him and his family. Drew’s vision loss has progressed and he is now legally blind with no central vision. He still has some peripheral vision, but that typically fades in Juvenile Batten Disease patients within a year. “As a family, we are trying to prepare ourselves for the next stages of the disease. We are also trying to do everything we can to support the clinical research being conducted to treat and hopefully cure the disease,” said Mike and Cara.

Drew’s diagnosis has left the Sillman family devastated. “There are not words to describe the feelings when you get a fatal diagnosis for your child,” said Mike and Cara. Throughout this battle, the Sillmans have been blessed with unconditional love and support from friends and family. “Our family is so thankful to be supported by so many amazing and caring people,” said Mike and Cara.

The Sillman family hopes to raise $20,000 through RedBasket.org to assist with Drew’s medical bills and travel to and from treatments. Raising these funds would allow the family to be able to focus on their ultimate goals, which are to cure this horrible disease and make sure Drew lives a quality life. “We would love to get our child in front of the best doctors in the world and help them expedite their research,” said Mike and Cara. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Drew’s story today!

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