It was a day of fun to benefit a local little boy.
Three-month-old Jaxson from Wheeling was born with a rare illness, but the community is rallying around him.
Short Gut Syndrome is more common in boys than girls and in little Jaxson’s case it was very severe.
“Mostly when the child is born within the first 24 hours if they don’t have a bowl movement it’s something that they check their intestines for and one in 5,000 newborns are diagnosed with it,” said Jaxson’s mother Christina Kirby.
Christine Thomas from Quaker Steak & Lube said this event is special because it’s for her nephew.
She said Jaxson can’t receive a transplant until he’s about 6 months old.
“He’s probably going to need a large and small intestine transplant,” Thomas explained. “He wears a central line he gets fed through a central line. He has a colostomy bag. Obviously I love every event we do for the kids here but this one is so special to me.”
Jaxson is being cared for by the gastro-intestinal doctors up at UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh and has already had one surgery to allow him to have bowl movements.
“Oh it’s amazing,” Jaxson’s father Bruce Kirby said. “It’s really amazing to have all these people come out and help us, support us, and to help him.”
Right now Jaxson is happy and healthy and his family said they are so blessed to have the support from this event and the community.
For the event, vendors paid a fee to set up and each give a Chinese auction prize. All that money goes directly to the family.
Any food they sell outside also goes directly to the family. It was donated by Miklas Meat Market and 20% from anyone dining inside was given to Jaxson as well.
Quaker Steak & Lube always has dine to donate for any family in need.
If you would like more information please call (304) 547-1100.