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POULAN, GA -

The community of Poulan is helping make a 16-year-old‘s dream a reality.

He suffers from a rare genetic disorder that limits the use of his muscles and forces him to use a wheelchair.

His dream is to drive. He finally got a vehicle of his own. But it needed some work. Jacob Entrekin loves cars. 

"The car thing first started for me four or five years ago when my grandpa gave me a model car," said Jacob Entrekin.  

His interest escalated from there.

"I probably have about 30 cars now," said Entrekin.

But he only has eyes for one special group,

"I like hotrods," said Entrekin.

And at 16, Jacob is finally old enough to get behind the wheel. So he went to get his learner's permit and passed on the first try. 

"I knew it had to be god then because I'm a real strong Christian and with what I have usually with that I have the muscle weakness, you usually can't drive that well," said Entrekin

Entrekin was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy when he was a child. Over the years it's gotten worse.  But Jacob's not letting that get in the way. So his dad traded in his car for this 1980's model ford pickup truck. And it needed a little work.

"They took spray cans and painted the inside of that cab and painted it," said Entrekin.

Jacob and his dad were trying to restore it on their own. But Earl Berry and a couple of his friends heard about and decided to help out.

"This whole truck is going to be refurbished it's going to be a nice truck for him," said Earl Berry, Owner of Worth Wreck Creation.

 What started as a simple paint job turned into a full blown community project.

"I've got a tire company that's going to give us all new tires and wheels to go on it it's going to pretty much be a new truck when he gets it," said Berry.

"My dad showed me a picture and everything was off of it, my jaw dropped. So I was like okay this is more than just a paint job," said Entrekin.

It's a lot of work.

"We start evening shift about 6 o'clock and work to 11 at night," said Berry.

As you can see, they have a lot more to do in a short amount of time.

"It has to be finished by the 8th of December so he can ride in the Poulan parade," said Berry.

Jacob is thrilled about his new truck, but more so about how many people want to help.

"I can't even say in words how grateful I am but I know that one day when we are standing in heaven, each of y'all will have a special jewel on ones crown," said Entrekin.

No longer Jacob's jalopy, but Jacob's joy.

His dream is to drive the 2013 Georgia leg of the hot rod power tour. I asked why and he said because people told him he would get tired driving that long so this gave him the mental drive to prove them wrong 

Jacob is a racing fan and says if he could meet anyone, he'd pick Nascar legend Richard petty.

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