Gavin Stevens, was born with a very rare genetic retina condition called Leber's
Congenital Amaurosis (LCA). There is no cure, YET. Research is promising, and
reminds us to move forward with fundraising for a cure. There are only 150
individuals in the United States with this genetic mutation condition.
When Gavin was diagnosed with LCA , we were told Gavin's gene was unknown
and we hoped and prayed for a miracle. The miracle happened. We can openly
and actively pursue treatment for Gavin Robert Stevens, who carries the 18th
known gene to cause Leber's Congenital Amaurosis (LCA-NMNAT1).
It's because of our amazing research geneticists, Dr. Chiang, here in America, as well as Beijing, China that Gavin's gene was found. But it will largely be due to our GROUPIES why a cure may in fact happen for our boy! Those who support near and far, and our family who is by our side every step of the way. With God's grace, we are the reason we will be able to make a substantial donation towards this research, that can one day allow Gavin to see things he never has.
Every year, we collect donations to put towards a Thanksgiving Meal
for those who could benefit from a warm meal this Thanksgiving. We work
with Marie Callendar's, and our local community to provide this. If you
feel in your heart, to be able to donate anything, we would be very grateful.
Some people have asked what they can donate, and it's up to you. Anywhere
from $5 to providing enough funds to feed an entire family. The number
of families we can help, is directly correlated to how much comes in.
You can donate by contacting any board member, or simply donating via
PayPal and including "Thanksgiving" in your notes!
R Stevens Foundation Board Members
NMNAT1 Project Sight for Research
Please contact one of us if you have any questions or suggestions. We would love to hear from you!
“There is no better way to thank God for your sight than by giving a helping hand to someone in the dark."
- Helen Keller
Troy & Jennifer Stevens
Parents of Gavin, and Founders of GRSF