The Cerna Foundation has taken on Hunter Cech’s care management. Cerna’s President, Marc Friedman is acting as emotional support, patient advocate and medical advocate, while also taking the lead on Hunter’s case management.


In October 2019, Hunter was stricken with Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM), a rare polio-like condition. The odds of contracting this rare disease are one in a million. In Hunter’s case, AFM has caused sudden paralysis from the neck down. He cannot breathe, eat or swallow on his own.


Despite his care, Hunter’s condition has not improved since October. Increased physical therapy is key to Hunter’s progress. A service dog would supply companionship, lower stress, improve Hunter’s happiness, as well as perform functions directly related to Hunter’s current disabilities. Costs for care are in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

A GoFundMe account has been created by the Cech family and friends. The Cerna Foundation is also working to raise funds. Thus far, donations have been put toward 24-7 skilled care, specialized equipment, treatments, therapies, transportation, surgeries and physical rehabilitation. The more we raise, the better the odds for Hunter’s recovery and rehabilitation.

Please consider donating. On behalf of Hunter’s parents Doug and Debbie, his sister Hayli, and all who love little Hunter, your donations are infinitely appreciated.