In the month of June, Jett Foundation is shining a light on a eighteen year old, Robbie Ivey, from Iron River, Michigan. Robbie is a junior at West Iron County High School but unlike all the other teens his age, Robbie suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Robbie journey with Duchenne began at the age of 5 when he was diagnosed, and throughout the years he has endured several surgeries and numerous hospital stays.
Robbie though doesn't let Duchenne define him as he currently serves as manager for the West Iron County Wykon football team and is an avid hunter. When he’s not hunting, Robbie likes to play video games, and hang out with his friends and girls. Robbie’s favorite sport team is the Green Bay Packers, and can down anyone in trivia with the guts to challenge him. Robbie’s other favorite teams are the Wisconsin Badgers, Milwaukee Brewers and the Detroit Red Wings.
While Robbie loves being an independent teen, getting places in a powerchair has never been easy. His mom, Carrie, used to transfer Robbie out of his wheelchair into the front seat of their car and then manually load his chair into the car when Robbie needed to go somewhere.
That’s why Robbie and his family reached out to the Jett Foundation and applied to the Jett Giving Fund for help in purchasing a handicapped accessible van.
Jett Giving Fund made this dream of a new van a reality for Robbie and his family by matching half the funds needed for the vehicle, and purchasing the van for Robbie. Robbie now has the independence he deserves and car trips are much easier for the whole family.
We encourage you to check out the local NBC affiliate, WLUC-TV 6, story on Robbie.
To support more kids like Robbie and help kids with Duchenne stay independent, DONATE to Jett Foundation in honor of Robbie.