Stories of Cobber Life: Everest to End Duchenne

Tonya (Bakewell) Dreher ’92 knew she was made for something more when her son Gus was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. After graduating from Concordia, Dreher was an English teacher for 12 years until her youngest was diagnosed with Duchenne. She soon realized that her life’s calling was perhaps a little different than she had… Read More »

Mount Everest Base Camp Trek Raises $60K for Duchenne Research

Tonya Dreher wanted to do something dramatic on behalf of Hope for Gus, the New Hampshire-based foundation inspired by her son, Gus, 14, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). In 2015, frustrated with her fundraising efforts on behalf of DMD research, she came up with the idea of Everest to End Duchenne.  “I was trying to… Read More »

A trek to Everest to raise funds

As the group of nine New Hampshire residents neared the Mount Everest base camp, the air was thin. Every movement took more effort than usual. It’s a small taste of what life is like for Gus Dreher of Peterborough. Gus has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a degenerative genetic disorder that can be carried by females but… Read More »

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We’ve never been closer to a treatment for DMD. Every dollar we receive for ETED goes directly to supporting gene therapy. Specifically, we donate all the funds we raise to the renowned University of Texas UT Southwestern Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Center through Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) where scientists recently made a breakthrough… Read More »

Finding Strength to Keep Going

A heartbreaking farewell to Joshua, a young boy with DMD A few weeks ago, the Duchenne community received a painful blow. A young boy named Joshua, not quite 12 years old, passed away from heart failure. When our children are diagnosed, the doctors say that their projected life span is early to mid 20’s. Some men with… Read More »