Dance 4 Meric
Glow in the Dark Youth Video Dance
Friday, November 29, 2019
Meric Dreher was born on November 18, 2013 and was a happy, healthy, thriving and chatty toddler who loved to run and play basketball. Meric experienced his first seizure in February 2017, and after several seizures, his parents thought they might be dealing with a form of epilepsy. When Meric’s balance started to become unsteady during the summer of 2018, causing him to require the use of a walker by the fall, his parents and doctors became concerned there was something else going on.
In January 2019, Meric was diagnosed with Late Infantile Batten Disease, category CLN2. This is an extremely rare and terminal disease that has taken away his ability to walk, talk, see and eat. There is no cure, and unfortunately Meric has regressed beyond the point of being able to receive treatments to help with the effects. He will continue to decline causing his and his family’s needs to constantly change.
Meric, now in grade 1, has attended MCRC’s before and after school programs since he was in JK. He and his family have made a lasting impact on the children and our staff with his joy, smile and love of music! He brightens the day of everyone around him and MCRC wants to do everything we can to support him and his family. His diagnosis has overwhelmed his family emotionally and financially, and it is our hope that by dedicating the proceeds of the November 29th youth dance to Meric, we can help alleviate some of their hardship. Funds raised will help address his changing needs and will allow Lisa and David to fill Meric with as many joyful experiences and memories as possible.