PLUMSTED –The Jakes Got This Foundation will be holding a fundraiser called Raise N Roast, from noon to 5 p.m. on April 30 at the New Egypt Elks Lodge, 105 Lakewood Road, Plumsted Township.
Jackson resident Shannon Kulesa, who heads the Foundation called the event a “family FUNdraiser which has a pig roast with a bunch of activities for kids, food, raffles and music.”
She said the event is fully sponsored by local businesses and will feature music, food, games and plenty of fun. “The funds raised that day are providing three children with cerebral palsy a chance to go to a week-long intensive therapy program in upstate New York, that is not covered by insurance.”
Kulesa added, “it is called the Key to CP center. They were life changing for Jake and we want to share this opportunity with as many kids as possible.”
To purchase tickets visit jakesgotthis.org. They are $25 (kids under 10 free). “That gets you in, fed and entertained all afternoon! We’re working on some awesome raffle prizes too. Join us for some family fun, you won’t want to miss it.”
Kulesa’s son Jake, 8, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was 13 months old. The family created a nonprofit organization to benefit Jake last October following his trial run with a hyperbaric chamber.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a medical treatment that supplies pure oxygen into an individual’s bloodstream while he lies in a pressurized chamber.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the treatment involves an individual being in the chamber and the air pressure being increased three times higher than normal air pressure, making it possible for the person’s lungs to gather more oxygen
Jake’s grandfather served on a SWAT team during his career and also taught at the police academy. That’s why Jake has a dream of becoming a police officer and a member of a SWAT team.
A few months ago, police surprised him. They picked him up from school in a squad car and took him to the training range with his brothers. There, they watched special activities organized by Jackson Police.
Shannon said her sons had a wonderful time and got to meet the K-9 dog and watched him train. As part of the demonstration, they got to hide in a house that had been set up while the Special Response Team members cleared each room to locate them.
Jake’s mother said he kept talking about that special event for two days. She also praised the Jackson police calling them “phenomenal.”
She said this fundraiser of the Foundation is a way to help other children like her son. For information about the Foundation and for further fundraisers, visit jakesgotthis.org or check out the organization’s Facebook page at Jake’s got this and Jake’s Got This Foundation.