BEVERLY — Max Gaudenzi‘s request is a simple one. He needs our help to get a new bed.
A 21-year-old, self-described New England Patriots superfan, Max is making an appeal to raise money to get a bed that helps him sleep through the night without needed the help of his parents — or anyone else.
Max has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a “disease that has slowly taken away my ability walk, feed myself, dress myself, and turn myself in bed,” he wrote on his fundraising page. There is no cure for Duchenne, but there are promising new treatments on the horizon, Max notes.
Christine McSherry and the Jett Foundation’s Giving Fund are working together to get Max that new bed. “I go to Middlesex Community College and I live with my mom, my dad, and my dog named Horse,” Max wrote. “In my free time, I like watching Boston sports and playing video games.”
The steep $50,000 price tag is why your help is needed. “The rotating bed I need costs $50,000, an amount that my family and I could not possibly afford, and my health insurance company will not help cover the cost. That is why I am raising funds for the Jett Giving Fund, a program run by Jett Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to Duchenne muscular dystrophy, that is designed to help families like mine afford adaptive and medical equipment equipment like the rotation medical bed that I need,” Max wrote. Once he raises $25,000, the Jett Giving Fund will match that and get Max the new bed.
Donating is easy (fast and secure) through Max’s page on the Jett Foundation’s website. Click on this link: https://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/NatalieGaudenzi/RotationMedicalBedForMax
— Bill Brett and Carol Beggy