By: Renee Grant
For the past 3 years, firehouses all over the country have been honored through the Feed The Fire event which commemorates the life of Weston Keeton. Weston passed away at the age of 7 due to complications of a heart and lung transplant at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Weston’s parents, Julie and Adam Keeton, organized Feed The Fire as a way of repaying to others the kindness their family was shown throughout Weston’s battles with his health during his life.
This year on March 23rd, over 200 fire stations nationwide were the recipients of kind acts and donations including baked goods, meals, bottled water, and much more. In our area, two of the Keeton’s closest friends, Patrice Bending and Jen Terruso, organized items collected by Manoa Elementary students and their families. Those items were donated to the Manoa Fire Company.
“Weston adored firefighters, and so many firefighters took time to brighten up Weston’s day while he was ill,” Julie Keeton says via statement. “By helping the heroes Weston loved so much it helps us continue to let his life touch others. Deliver Gatorade, water, snacks. Plan a potluck or dinner for them. Make thank you cards with the kids to show your love! Get creative and have fun. That’s what Weston would have wanted us to do.”
Weston’s family has used social media to connect with their friends and family for the last few years. Weston’s Facebook group, titled Weston’s Warriors, was used to update followers about Weston’s health, as well as for fundraisers and thanking people. After Weston passed away, it has been used to update his supporters about the ways the family plans on honoring his legacy.
Each year, WOGL partners with CHOP for the 98.1 WOGL Loves Our Kids Radiothon, benefitting all the work that the hospital does for children and families around the country. Weston is one of the children whose story is shared, touching many every year and keeping his memory alive.
If you would like to know more about Weston and his story, please visit www.WestonsWarriors.com.