Adaptive device helps Carrick man share the funny for Wexford charity
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 | 11:54 AM
Coming up with an April Fools’ Day prank to get a laugh won’t be necessary today.
Just tune into the premiere of “Jokes With Jacob” presented by Variety — the Children’s Charity, a Wexford-based organization best known for providing adaptive strollers, bicycles and communications devices to children with physical challenges.
The show features Jacob Buchheite, 23, of Carrick, who has been involved with Variety since contracting cerebral palsy from a virus as a young boy. The disorder affects his ability to walk and speak.
“Jacob has truly inspired us with his attitude, especially in light of all the adversity he’s faced in his life,” said Charlie LaVallee, the charity’s CEO. “What really stands out to us about Jacob is his strong desire to give back and help more kids. His jokes are beautiful and his laugh is out-of-this-world funny.”
Wednesday’s show is not the first time Buchheite got the chance to be the funny man.
Several years ago, Buchheite was asked to use his adaptive communications device to address a group of Highmark health care employees from across the state, LaVallee said.
“He used his jokes to not only make the nearly 400 attendees laugh out loud, but they were also able to see Jacob, not as a person with extra needs, but as a regular yinzer,” LaVallee said.
Buchheite’s routine inspired the people attending the program to donate $40,000 to help buy communications devices for 35 children, LaVallee said.
“We believe a smile can change the world,” LaVallee said. “And with all the things people have been facing recently, Jacob wants to do his part to help make us smile.”