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Rockin' for Rojo supports 4-year-old with cerebral palsy

Published On: May 13 2013 07:54:29 AM CDT   Updated On: May 13 2013 08:02:56 AM CDT

It's an example of what can happen when the community reaches out to one of its own.

Rockin' for Rojo filled Trempealeau with music on Saturday.

It's a benefit to raise money for 4-year-old Roa Thayer's medical expenses.

He has a form of cerebral palsy that makes it difficult for him to communicate and move around.

The fundraiser was an idea a family friend came up with after re-connecting with Roa's mom.

He then organized the event with help from some Holmen High School seniors who took it on as a school project.

"I lost touch with her until a few months ago through Facebook, and noticed that she had a child with a disability and I just asked if there was anything I could do to help maybe organize a fundraiser and play and she said that would be wonderful and that's how it started," said the event organizer Karl Wallin.

"When we found out about the opportunity we were really excited to try and help out," said Holmen senior Max Holden.

Community businesses donated raffle prizes and local bands volunteered to play for the event.

The funds will be used to help pay for a wheelchair and handicap-accessible van for Roa.

Roa's mom Jennifer said it's been incredible to see how many people are showing their support.

"It was unbelievable to see people step forward, people we don't even know, and like I said just to be able to touch base and have people meet Roa and see what a great kid he is, that's really awesome," said Jennifer Thayer.

The cost of the wheelchair alone is about $8,000.

The Thayers said they're also working to make their house handicap accessible.

If you would like to support Roa, you can contact Jennifer through her blog at