DULUTH, Ga. - A young Rome boy will never forget what happened to him Friday. A Duluth-based company stepped up to provide Jaxon Lewis money for his prosthetic limbs and send his family to Disney World for a surprise vacation.
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies CEO David Vinson surprised Jaxon and his family with news about the vacation and a check for $70,000 at a Friday event at the company’s corporate offices.
"After listening to his stories on the news, I saw how hard his family worked. Their insurance was canceled in March. But they just never gave up and I had to help," said Vinson.
The nine year old boy was born without most of his limbs and his family has struggled for years to raise money for the new prosthetic legs and arms. He outgrew the old set more than a year ago.
His family's Medicaid coverage was suddenly canceled in March and their insurance ended when his stepfather's income exceeded the allowable amount.
While fundraisers and donations in his hometown raised half of the cost, the Lewis family feared they wouldn't be able to raise the rest of the money needed to pay for the growing boy's limbs.
After seeing Jaxon's story, Kids R Kids CEO Vinson pledged to donate the $70,000 to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta to cover the remaining cost of Jaxon's prosthetics and physical therapy.
Vinson said, "We are in the business of serving families and children. How could I not be moved by Jaxon's circumstances and offer to help? There are a lot of middle class families out there that get stuck. We have to do what we can to help," said Vinson.
The businessman sweetened the deal with an extra surprise. The family had no idea he plans to send Jaxon, his mother, his grandmother and his 5 year old sister to Disney on the company's private jet. The gesture moved Jaxon's mother to tears.
"This whole thing is just amazing. We've always wanted to go to Disney, but with all our bills that just wasn't possible. Now we can go and finally, I can know my little boy is going to walk soon." Jessica Noaes said as her mother Shari held her close.
The Disney trip will be scheduled after Jaxon gets accustomed to using his new prosthetics. The new limbs will be fitted in the next few weeks. You can follow Jaxon's progress on Facebook.