Make-A-Wish Alabama to give much-needed, specialized therapy pool to Clanton boy battling rare disorder

Little, 3-year-old Jacob, of Clanton, will receive a much-needed, therapy pool thanks to Make-A-Wish Alabama and other local Alabama companies. (Photo courtesy of Make-A-Wish Alabama)

CLANTON, Ala. -- Make-A-Wish Alabama is doing what it does best and helping a family-in-need by providing them a specialized therapy pool for their son, who battles a rare neurological disorder.

The non-profit organization has teamed up with five local companies, including All Star Pool and Spa, to donate a pool for little Jacob, a 3-year-old who was born with an inherited disorder that deteriorates his nervous system, causing him daily seizures and confining him to a wheelchair.

The new, heated pool will help keep Jacob active and comfort his body as he fights the crippling condition that forces him to eat through a machine and communicate solely through his emotions. Jacob and his family will be presented with the therapeutic gift Saturday morning at their home in Clanton.

Along with playing with his cousins and his favorite hero, Thomas the Train, Jacob loves, above all, swimming. And his new pool will be a constant source of happiness for him as he prepares to live out the few short years of his life, which is not expected to surpass five years.

"I'm extremely proud of him," Jacob's mother, Erica, said. "It's made me honored, extremely honored to be his mom. He inspires me to do my bestthat's what he deserves."

Make-A-Wish Alabama was assisted in its efforts by Supreme Electric, American Concrete Foundation and Wall, Crane Works and Alabama Teen Challenge.