Minnesota Man Raises Funds for Sick Wisconsin Boy

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by Sandra Torres

OCONOMOWOC, Wi. -- A 24-year-old man from Minnesota is hoping to make a difference in the life of a 10-year-old boy from Oconomowoc who suffers from a rare disease.

24-year-old Travis Jerome is traveling around the country, raising funds to give a special gift to four different children who are ill. One of those children is Jacob Looman from Oconomowoc, who suffers from Guillain-Barre disease.

"To this day he still wears leg braces which he'll wear forever. Most people do recover from it, but Jacob did not, "said Marie Looman, Jacob's mom.

The condition damages parts of nerves and causes muscle weakness.

"The nerves in the front of his legs did not regenerate and they never will... so we just do whatever we can to make sure that he's happy," said Mrs. Looman.

Recently, Mrs. Looman found out a complete stranger named Travis Jerome also wanted to make Jacob happy.

24-year-old Travis says he wants to make a difference in the lives of children who are ill. So he started a non-profit and launched the "True Story Tour" with some of his buddies.

"We're making a documentary and we're going to 4 different parts of the country, picking one child and raising money for whatever they want," said Travis.

Jacob will be the first child to benefit from the tour. For the next few months, Travis and his friends will hold fundraisers in the Milwaukee and Chicago area to help Jacob get an exercise/game room he really needs.

"He's been through a lot so why not give him a little something special," said Travis.

For more information about the True Story Tour, go to www.truestorytour.org

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