Dollars For Draven

For: Andrea & Kevin Dunklow
Organizer: Jennifer Strange
$25,046
of $30,000 goal.
Raised by 336 donors
83% Complete

The Story

My 17-month-old nephew, Draven, is an amazingly cute and charismatic child.  He loves to dance, his smile is infectious, and his soul is as gentle as they come.  This sweet little peanut, however, was recently diagnosed with a hereditary form of retinoblastoma.  This rapidly developing and rare type of eye cancer is found in young children.  It was determined to be bilateral (in both of his eyes) and he is currently preparing at Devos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids for systemic chemotherapy treatments.

My sister and her husband, Andrea and Kevin Dunklow, are fortunate to have health insurance, which will hopefully cover most of the treatment costs.  The insurance did not cover though the $4000 for both of them to complete necessary genetic testing.  In addition, the out-of-pocket expenses are placing further stress upon them.  They would benefit immensely from funds that could cover the cost of travel, vehicle repairs, and lost income as they commute to and from their home in Traverse City and Devos in Grand Rapids.  This would also allow them to continue to provide for their other 4 children: Jalee (age 6), Dylan (age 5), and Jackson (age 4) as well as Joslyn (Draven's twin sister).  Joslyn has not been separated from her brother since they came home from the hospital until now and she is missing her brother?#39;s presence in the family home.

Any amount that you could donate to ease the financial stress on my sister's family would be greatly appreciated.  My goal is to allow them to put their entire focus on Draven and their other children, without stressing about how they will cover their bills.  If nothing else, please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on January 9, 2016

Posted on January 9, 2016

It's been a great start to 2016!  Draven had a check up at Devos earlier this week and the doctor indicated that Draven's MRI had stable changes, with nothing acute.  Additionally, all of this labs were perfect!

Now that Draven's health has stabilized, the Dunklow family has a big adventure planned!  Today, the Dunklow family was treated by the Make-A-Wish Foundation to a send off lunch at La Senorita along with close friends and family to celebrate the Dunklows' upcoming trip to Atlantis Bahamas Resort!  See the pictures from today's lunch in the photo album.  A big thanks to Make-A-Wish for making this family trip possible for Draven!

As always, Andrea and Kevin appreciate your continued support and prayers!!!

Posted on October 31, 2015

Posted on October 31, 2015

The good news continues! Draven has continued his periodic checks in both Michigan and New York. To this date, all of the eye exams have provided excellent results that there are no new tumors and the old tumors are dead and calcified. Draven has not had to receive any chemotherapy treatments in almost 11 months!! Draven and his parents are scheduled to return to New York for his next routine check in February of 2016. Draven has grown to be a happy and fearless three year old. The status of his eyesight is still unknown as he is still a bit young for a regular eye exam. Regardless of his eye sight, he stills runs around like a wild man and plays with all four of his siblings, who he loves so much! As always, Kevin, Andrea and family would like to thank everyone for the continued prayers and support. It means the world to all of them!

Posted on May 4, 2015

Posted on May 4, 2015

Wonderful news! 
Draven is still cancer free and the doctor said it's "highly unlikely" for the cancer to return. 
Draven can start to have some of his exams now back in Michigan, starting in June.
From that point on, it sounds like his exams will rotate (every other one) between Michigan and New York.
Andrea and Kevin are hoping that the worst is finally past them and that Draven continues to improve. 
As always, they are incredibly grateful for the support they have received from you all!!!

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