Former Souhegan teacher raising funds for local charity

WILTON – Retired Souhegan High School science teacher Chris Balch is on a new mission.

Last year, Balch raised more than $2,500 for the Hope for Gus Foundation. This year, Balch is hiking the Long Trail in Vermont end-to-end in hopes of raising $10,000 for the foundation.

Balch, of Wilton, has almost reached his goal. By the eighth day of his 32-day, 272-mile journey, Balch had raised more than $8,000 in his quest to help fund a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the number one genetic killer of boys in the world.

Peterborough residents Steve and Tonya Dreher began the foundation in honor of their youngest son, Gus, who has DMD. Balch and Hope for Gus are raising money to fund research on a potential hormone therapy.

“Relaxin is a promising potential treatment for boys with DMD because of its ability to regenerate muscle, reduce scarring and improve cardiac function in animal studies,” said Steve Dreher, the Duchenne Alliance president and co-founder of the Hope for Gus Foundation.

“Since the Duchenne Alliance is matching every dollar of this effort, what Chris is doing is huge. With a potential donation of $20,000, Chris’ Long Trail hike will certainly shorten the long journey our boys with Duchenne currently endure.”

“We are so close to an effective treatment,” said Tonya Dreher, Gus’ mom and executive director of Hope for Gus. “Most boys with DMD are in wheelchairs by age 12 and die in their mid-20s.”

By funding clinical trials like the one he is supporting, Balch said he hopes “Gus and the thousands of wonderful and loving boys like him are able to live full and happy lives.”

To donate to Balch’s cause, visit www.gofundme.com/Hope-for-Gus-Long-Trail.

For more information about the foundation, visit www.hopeforgus.org.

Former Souhegan teacher raising funds for local charity

WILTON – Retired Souhegan High School science teacher Chris Balch is on a new mission.

Last year, Balch raised more than $2,500 for the Hope for Gus Foundation. This year, Balch is hiking the Long Trail in Vermont end-to-end in hopes of raising $10,000 for the foundation.

Balch, of Wilton, has almost reached his goal. By the eighth day of his 32-day, 272-mile journey, Balch had raised more than $8,000 in his quest to help fund a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the number one genetic killer of boys in the world.

Peterborough residents Steve and Tonya Dreher began the foundation in honor of their youngest son, Gus, who has DMD. Balch and Hope for Gus are raising money to fund research on a potential hormone therapy.

“Relaxin is a promising potential treatment for boys with DMD because of its ability to regenerate muscle, reduce scarring and improve cardiac function in animal studies,” said Steve Dreher, the Duchenne Alliance president and co-founder of the Hope for Gus Foundation.

“Since the Duchenne Alliance is matching every dollar of this effort, what Chris is doing is huge. With a potential donation of $20,000, Chris’ Long Trail hike will certainly shorten the long journey our boys with Duchenne currently endure.”

“We are so close to an effective treatment,” said Tonya Dreher, Gus’ mom and executive director of Hope for Gus. “Most boys with DMD are in wheelchairs by age 12 and die in their mid-20s.”

By funding clinical trials like the one he is supporting, Balch said he hopes “Gus and the thousands of wonderful and loving boys like him are able to live full and happy lives.”

To donate to Balch’s cause, visit www.gofundme.com/Hope-for-Gus-Long-Trail.

For more information about the foundation, visit www.hopeforgus.org.