Family raises money for organization that saved son's life

Jonathan Voorhees
Jonathan Voorhees

CRESTVIEW HILLS, KY (FOX19) - With the help of a train and plenty of family and friends, one family gave back in a big way this Independence Day.

Once a month there's a small train in Crestview Hills that rounds the tracks for different charities, offering rides at a cost to benefit good causes.

The man who drives the train owns all of this and he's out here on the Fourth of July volunteering.

In addition to the train, there are snow cones and face painting, all to raise money for the Children's Organ Transplant Association in honor of young Jonathan Voorhees.

"Fourth of July seems like a fun, family atmosphere and this is perfect for families with kids," said Jonathan's mother, Amber.

Jonathan was a liver transplant recipient at just eight months old.

"Don't know how they did it, or how they're doing it. I've got four of my own and I couldn't imagine," said Matt Schultz, a family friend.

While Jonathan may have gotten the transplant he needed, he still faces complications. And his mom says tracks of a different kind are a daily reminder of Jonathan's ongoing health challenges.

"Where they did his transplant he has a big scar obviously and he likes to call it his choo choo track so he very much likes choo choo trains," said Amber.

The family says last year this event alone helped to raise $5,000 dollars.

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