Silvis teen heads to St. Jude’s with help from Quad Cities community


One week ago, there was only one thing Jesse Weeks wanted for Christmas: money to get his sick daughter to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Thanks to the help of people all around the Quad Cities and a new doctor Christmas came early.

Last week we told you about 18-year-old Kaleigh Weeks, who suffers from lupus, kidney and heart failure. Her family told us they needed help paying medical bills, so you came in to help with some big donations totaling almost $4,000.  

That’s not the only good news for the family. Kaleigh needs a heart transplant, but doctors have said they can’t perform the operation because of her lupus. 

A doctor at St. Jude’s says if they can get her healthy enough they’ll do the transplant.

“We are leaving on the 28th and we can’t wait,” Jesse said.

 But getting Kaleigh healthier could take weeks at St. Jude’s. That’s where all your donations come in.

“We can go to St. Jude’s and not have to worry on the way there on what are we going to do when we get there? What if they keep us for a couple months?” Jesse said.

Dozens of people donated online after seeing Kaleigh’s story and one person even dropped off a $300 check off at our station. 

“Now we can just worry about her,” Jesse said.

Thanks to everyone’s support, Jesse said his daughter is already feeling a little better.

“She gets up in the morning a lot earlier and she’s just excited I think that people are caring for her,” Jesse said. 

The Weeks family said they are still accepting donations on their GoFundMe page. Click here to donate. 

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