Innovation First was proud to support The Make A Wish Foundation by providing HEXBUG Micro Robotic Creatures to George Jacobs, age 4, who suffers from a rare form of cancer and his twin brother, Thomas, who is autistic. Robot collector Richard Newman recently hosted the Jacobs family from New Jersey and shared his extensive robot collection with them at his home in Boca Raton, Florida.
Boy’s robot wish granted
Sunday, August 9, 2009
By Peter Schaller
CBS 12 News, Boca Raton, Florida
A more than 1,000 mile trip across the country is just what the doctor ordered for a New Jersey family. Their 4-year-old twin sons have been through a lot, one with a rare form of cancer and the other with autism.
Pete Jacobs said, “Love your kids because you don’t know how long you’ll have them.”
Advice from a father of the twin boys. He almost lost George to a rare form of cancer, Thomas is autistic.
Jacobs said, “Just don’t believe that God puts things in front of you that he doesn’t expect you to deal with.”
4-year-old George has spent one out of ever four days of his short life in a hospital. On Sunday they took a break from all that, thanks to the Make a Wish Foundation.
“He stood there with his Wall-e pillow and his Wall-e blanket and said, ‘Are you going to take me to see Wall-e?'” Jacobs said.
It wasn’t easy to find Wall-e. It brought this New Jersey family all the way to Boca Raton and started with an email that was a shot in the dark.
Jacobs said, “Mr. Newman responded within 10 minutes and said, ‘come on down and we’d love to have you.”‘
A wish granted, little George was face-to-face with a replica of the Disney movie star, Wall-e. A local robot collector opened up his home to the family.
George’s parents say the cancer will likely stay in his body, but it has gone into remission for now. The family is spending the rest of their Florida vacation in Cocoa Beach.