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Group honoring boy who died from amoebic meningitis

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A Northwest Austin Sports club is working on a special tribute for Jack Herrera, the 12-year-old who died after contracting amoebic meningitis from swimming in Lake LBJ this summer.

Jack was an avid sports fan and an athlete, so the Town and Country Optimist Club is raising money for upgrades to the ball field and adding a new score board in Jack's honor.

"I coached my son in football on this field and lacrosse. I look at it right now and we had some great, fantastic times out here. It's pretty hard to know I'll never have them again," his father Ray Herrera said.

Ray remembers great times with his son Jack, but it was cut too short by a swim in Lake LBJ.

"Kids should not get sick by going swimming," he said. "You pick your son up from summer camp a day early because he is sick, and then you watch him decline day by day."

Now Ray is just doing his best to honor his son's memory.

"He told me on a couple of different occasions that he wanted to be remembered when his time came and I thought that was a very unusual statement for a young person to make," he said.

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