Cranston Boy's 'Man Cave' Dreams Come True

CRANSTON, RI — Five months after the surprise announcement that his wish would be coming true, a very special Cranston boy now has a completed “man cave” to call his own. On Monday, Rhode Island State Police announced that construction was completed on a special space for Travis, a 10-year-old boy who suffers from a rare congenital disorder called Caudal regression syndrome.

In February, members of the community, Rhode Island State Police and a slew of sponsors gathered at the imPossible Dream in Warwick to surprise him. Travis had previously written the organization a letter detailing his wish for a “man cave” where he can relax while recovering from his many surgeries and medical procedures. To make his dream a reality, the Associates of the State Police charitable organization donated $3,000 to transform his family’s garage. From there, businesses from across the state stepped forward to make the space special, including a donation of building materials from Builder’s Surplus, furnishings from Cardi’s Furniture, decorations from Stevie B. Sports Memorabilia in Warwick and even a signed, framed Rob Gronkowski jersey.

To celebrate the man cave’s official “opening,” state police troopers, the Cardis and others were all invited to check it out. That day, Travis was given another piece of sports memorabilia to display: a puck from this year’s Stanley Cup final between the St. Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins.

“He’s so polite and appreciative, thanking everyone individually. It just warms your heart to see it,” said Lt. Colonel Kevin Barry, then-acting superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police, said in February. “We are so happy we were able to facilitate these donations to give Travis a man cave worthy of a New England Sports fan.”

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