PEKIN, Illinois (CBS/WMBD) - A 12-year-old from Pekin is turning a household product into an item people use every day. He's using his new business venture to achieve one very big dream.
Duct tape. It might not look like much, but one local boy is using the powerfully adhesive product to stick to his dreams. Jake Grys is spending his summer turning the tape, into a fashion statement.
The 12-year-old says the craft keeps him busy. Grys has brittle bone disease and dwarfism, which limits his growth, and ability to take part in some activities. He says, "I can't really do some of the stuff, so I just found something that I can do!"
Grys discovered the wonder of wallet making during a "how to" duct tape class at his local library. Now, he's using his product to raise money to pay his way to some very exciting places. He says, "Well, there's one really, really good reason...to go to Disney World!"
His mother jean says her son, is a big dreamer with a mission to make his wishes a reality. She says, "He's going to write a script, he's going to put on a play, he's going to make duct tape wallets, and it just kind of snowballed. I just thought that he would make two or three of them, and be done with it...I didn't that he was going to try to sell them."
But his mother says, the business venture is teaching her son a thing or two about saving and spending. She says, "He's acquainting work with money, which is something that's not always easy to teach a child with a disability."
And if enough money is put into these wallets, Grys plans on using his creative skills for an even bigger mission. His mom says, "He's going to contact Disney and he's going to talk them into developing a super hero that's in a wheelchair, and then he's going to work at Disney and be that superhero all the kids meet."
Grys will sell the wallets during a garage sale at his Pekin home this Thursday through Saturday. He also plans to donate a portion of his profits to Easter Seals.