Ethics Forum

Hope For Gus

The Hope for Gus Foundation was started by Souhegan High School faculty member Steve Dreher and his wife Tonya. Their son, Gus, has Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a debilitating disease that causes the muscles of young boys to weaken year after year. The disease is terminal. The boys who suffer from this genetic mutation’s lives are cut too short. Currently, everyone with DMD die before proper adulthood. However, there is still hope! The foundation raises money for research in treatments for all boys with DMD, and there have been breakthroughs recently which could potentially treat Gus and many other boys who suffer with him. With further donations, scientists working to cure DMD will be able to find more new possible treatments, and potentially find the cure. This year, Hope for Gus Week will be held the week of September 24! This is your chance to make a difference.

Hope for Gus Week

Hope for Gus week takes place the week of September 25th at Souhegan High School. It kicks off with an assembly, and a speech by Steve or Tonya Dreher to reintroduce this cause which is so important to the Souhegan Community and to pump us all up for the coming week activities! The assembly marks the beginning of the week-long fundraising drive to treat this horrible disease.

The Gus Friday Night Football Game

In 2010, the former athletic director of Souhegan approached Steve to offer support from the athletic program in any way possible. Today, the longstanding tradition of the Gus Football Game endures and is as big a part of the Souhegan identity as ever! The Gus Friday Night Football Game, hosted by Souhegan’s Ethics Forum, is a way to donate directly to the foundation by pledging an amount per touchdown that either team scores throughout the game. This year, the Gus Touchdown Pledge will be held on September 28th.

The Run for Gus 5K and Fall Festival

The grand finale for the Hope for Gus week is a spectacular 5k run and festival, complete with games, activities, and music. The Ethics Forum will be hosting the Run for Gus on September 29th at Souhegan High School. All proceeds will go to support the Hope for Gus Foundation and their work for DMD.
The Run for Gus wraps up our fundraising at Souhegan for the year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t donate to this incredible cause afterward. If you’d like to continue to donate after these events please go to Any donations are appreciated, as we stand with Gus and find the cure together!

2018 Hope for Gus 5K Race!!

2018’s Hope for Gus 5K race will be different from previous years! instead of hosting the race on Souhegan grounds we wanted to take a step further and bring it to the Amherst town streets. Following a well known 5K route (the Turkey Trot route) this years race will be bigger than it has ever been before,  bringing more than just the Souhegan community together for an amazing cause! 


The race is being held on Saturday, September 29th, 2018 on the Amherst Village Green, 11 Church St., Amherst NH. Check-in begins at 8:00 am with the race starting at 10:00 am. 


It costs $25 for 13-year-olds and older, younger than 13 is $15. Every participant will receive a Run for Gus shirt with the logo and our sponsors on it. Participants will also receive a complimentary granola bar and water after they have completed the race. All finishers will be awarded a ribbon after they have crossed the finish line. An award ceremony will be held for the different age groups starting at 11:00 am. Timekeeping will be run by Millennium Running! Your times will be available to you almost instantaneously. Emails will be sent in regard to this information. 


Spectators and finished runners can enjoy the festival on the Amherst Green! There will be food and refreshments available for purchase, so if you don’t want to join in on the run, just come to hang out and support a great cause!


Hope for Gus shirts and hats will also be available for purchase! Long sleeve Gus shirts are $20, short sleeve Gus shirts are $15, hats with the Hope for Gus logo on it will be $15. Extra Gus run shirts will also be available for purchase for $1o.


THANK YOU to all who participated in the 2018 HOPE FOR GUS 5K. And to all those who donated to this great cause!

Hope for Gus 2016

Souhegan High School
Hope for Gus