Rock Island teacher raises money for student recovering from emergency brain surgery


It’s been about a month since Rock Island Academy third-grader Kwon Wilson has sat at his corner desk, devouring books.

Instead, he’s been in and out of hospital beds after a sudden illness sent him into emergency brain surgery.

“It’s definitely a hit on the class,” said Kwon’s teacher Sean Turnipseed, better known as Mr. T. “When they’re in the hospital for a long period of time and it’s a long process … I just can’t even imagine that as a kid like going through that.”

After multiple surgeries, Kwon is spending time in Chicago and Peoria hospitals. 

Turnipseed said Kwon’s absence is a definite hit on the class, but he’s trying to make sure his recovery isn’t a hit to his parents’ checkbooks while they take off work to help their son heal. That’s why he created a GoFundMe

“I would do that for any kid and any friend or anything like that and I know they would do the same thing for me so it was easy to do,” Turnipseed said. “I actually initially put like a $1,000 because I just didn’t know what to expect and that was filled within an hour.”

Turnipseed said every dollar helps because they aren’t sure how long the recovery will take. As of our broadcast, the page had raised $2,293. 

“I feel like they’re almost my kids, you know,” he said. “So it’s one of those things where, yeah, I’m going to do everything I can to help out.” 

You can donated to the GoFundMe here

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