Monday, September 15, 2014 - 8:00pm
Our thanks to Pontiac, IL tourism director, Ellie Alexander, for providing the following for us to share:
Sammy Basso, an 18-year-old young man from Italy, has always wanted to travel through America on historic Route 66. As part of this dream, Basso will be visiting Pontiac on September 15. For Basso, this dream is more challenging than it would be for most. Sammy is, in all likelihood, the oldest man on the earth who is suffering from a disease that causes premature aging. Although there is no cure for the affliction, generally known as Progeria, this rare genetic disorder typically results in death by the middle teens. Sammy’s case is rare because he has successfully reached his late teens.