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"Wheels for Jake" fundraiser to benefit local family

April 27, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Jake Berry wants nothing more than to be able to go to the movies or to spend time with friends and family. But for the past five years, Jake—who has cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair—has only been able to go to school and doctor's appointments.
That's why his family is organizing a fundraiser to help Jake's mom purchase a van large enough to transport Jake in his wheelchair. They will be having a "Wheels for Jake" yard sale May 13-14 at 37 S. Thompson Ln. and are currently accepting donations of items for the sale.
Jake and his twin sister were born prematurely after just 26 weeks. Both were born with cerebral palsy. Jake has had several orthopedic surgeries throughout his life, and five years ago had rods inserted into his back.
"When he had the rods put in he grew five inches," his mother Danette Berry said. "He just doesn't fit in my van anymore."
Jake, who is now a senior in high school, has since been confined to school and doctors, both of which provide transportation. His mother said having transportation would allow Jake to go to church, go to the movies, go out to dinner or just on a trip to Wal-Mart.
"It would mean a lot to me," Jake said.
"It's hard to even put into words what that would mean," Danette Berry said. "To be able to do things together."
Jake's cousin Katie Tomazin and grandmother Charlotte Jones have worked to organize the fundraiser. They are accepting items for the yard sale until April 30 at 37 S. Thompson Ln. Those interested in donating can also call Katie at 681-1852.
"Jake is just an amazing kid to be around. He's been through a lot," Tomazin said. "He always has a good attitude."
An account has also be set up at Westmark Credit Union for cash donations under the name "Charlotte Jones for the benefit of Wheels for Jake."
"We've always had huge blessings in our lives," Danette Berry said. "It would mean the world to us."

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