Harper’s Dream Pool

$29,529 donated
Given by 473 generous donors in 12 weeks

Fundraising for Harper to have his own pool.

Paraparaumu, Wellington

In October 2016, my nephew Harper Ahern was 4 years old when he was unexpectedly diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).

DMD is a severe neuromuscular disorder in which muscles progressively waste away and mobility loss is certain. Whilst there is heaps of research and trials in place, there is currently no cure for DMD and primary treatment consists of steroids and physical therapy to try and prolong the onset of the disease.

How quickly and how severe Harper’s condition deteriorates, we don’t yet know. Harper has lost his mobility and requires an electric wheelchair full-time. His dreams and needs are similar to other boys his age. He loves cooking, waterslides, playing at the beach, being part of a soccer team, bush walks and getting up to mischief! Harper feels free when he is in the water and it can help his condition by providing mild resistance for low-grade muscle work, respiratory exercise to maintain or increase capacity and breath control and provide a great space to socialise and interact with others. It is my dream for Harper to have his own pool to help him feel free, help his health and so he can create precious memories.

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My darling Nephew.

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Latest update

14/02/2022  14 February 2022

Harper’s family would like to acknowledge and thank everyone for your donations provided towards Harper’s Dream Pool. They have read every message & donation, and are overwhelmed at the response. Harper and the family are extremely grateful and appreciative of the support. The ideal pool for Harper is a heated, inground pool with a hoist nearby. This will allow Harper to swim year round, and play with his sister and friends. Swimming is the only physical activity Harper is able to easily do now, and is so important for his mental and physical health. The cost for inground pools is significant, and all funds raised are going towards this pool. Planning for the pool has begun, and there has been a huge amount of people indicating they are able to help with labour and materials - which is amazing! Harper and his Aunty Emz were very close, and she is missed dearly by Harper and the whole family. We are hoping soon to have a better idea of pool timeline and costs, and are so looking forward to fulfilling Aunty Emz’s last wish and to leave this legacy in her name. Thank you all so much for your support.

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Reuben on 09 Mar 2022
Enjoy the pool bro!
Lyndz on 01 Mar 2022
Best wishes for your new pool Harper. You have a very special Aunty.💕
Grainger Family (Gemma)
Grainger Family (Gemma) on 28 Feb 2022
Hope you enjoy your new pool Harper!
haley on 26 Feb 2022
may god bless you all
Sowry on 22 Feb 2022
It's not much but my heart goes out to such a loving family

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Created by Emma & Hamish Ahern
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Paying to a verified bank account of Dion Ahern on behalf of Harper Ahern
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This page was created on 2 Jan 2022 and closed on 31 Mar 2022.