A fundraiser for an Omaha toddler who suffers from a rare condition in which essentially all food makes him sick raised nearly $20,000.
The Nov. 15 fundraiser for 3-year-old Jamus Hovseth brought in $19,644.30. More than 300 people attended the event organized by the City of Papillion personnel committee. The Hovseths also have received more than $11,000 from online donations and checks written directly, said Jamus's mother Robyn Hovseth.
The money will help the family pay for medical expenses as they help Jamus deal with Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome, or FPIES.
The maker of formula Neocate Junior — Jamus's only safe food — recently upgraded its product, and Jamus is so sensitive that he can't keep the new formula down.
The family is still accepting donations online at www.redbasket.org (search “Fight for Jamus”) or any Great Western Bank location by specifying the “Fight for Jamus” fund.