CRETE, Ne-- A Hastings family of seven, with one more on the way, are raising awareness for a disease three of their sons have.
Jason Vertin and his wife have one daughter and four sons, three of them have Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, which is a terminally ill disease that weakens the muscles. There is currently no cure.
A golf tournament at the College Heights Country Club in Crete was held to raise funds for the families needs and research.
Around 70 people were present for the 9-hole tournament. Following the game of golf, a dinner and auction was held to raise money.
Items including a Bo Pelini signed football, Doug McDermott signed basketball, Tony Parker signed jersey, other sports memorabilia and other items were auctioned off during the event.
Jason's brother, J.L. Vertin, started the fundraiser last year and raised around $10,000 for the family and research. For the second annual fundraiser, this year, $17,000 was raised for the cause..
The family will also use some of the money to buy their oldest son, Max, 8, a wheelchair.
The other two sons with the disease are Rowen, 5, and Charlie, 3.
If you would like to help, visit their Facebook page above by clicking on the link.