Jake and the Wetzel Family

Dear Sacred Heart Community,

One of our Sacred Heart families, the Wetzels, Kevin, Jenny, Brody (Kindergarten), Quinn (Pre-K) and Jake (Age 1) need our prayers. Approximately 8 months ago, Jake, the youngest son of Kevin and Jenny Wetzel, was hospitalized with meningitis. After 2 life saving surgeries to remove an abscess on baby Jake’s spine, he was left paralyzed from the waist down. You can learn more about the Wetzel’s ordeal by viewing here:

To the surprise of the doctors, Jake has regained some use of his legs but he has reached a critical point in his recovery. Spinal cord treatment for children is practically non-existent but the University of Louisville has a pediatric neuro-recovery unit that enrolls children as young as 1 year old. The family has decided to enroll Jake in the program and Kevin and Jake will relocate to Kentucky for a year or more. Jenny, Brody and Quinn will remain here.

As of now, insurance will only cover 3 weeks of Jake’s rehabilitation and the cost alone for the program is $45,000. This does not include the cost of travel, other medical expenses for Jake, and supporting two households. I know the Wetzels are prideful, but it be wonderful if our community at Sacred Heart could show our love and support for them. If you feel in your heart that you would like to contribute financially to the family, please do so here.

May we pray that Jake continues to heal, Kevin and Jenny are surrounded by support and prayers, and our wonderful Sacred Heart families will shower Brody and Quinn with love while their Dad and brother are living in Kentucky.
  • Kristy McDonough 
    • $500 
    • 40 mos
  • Willian & Angela Wright 
    • $100 
    • 43 mos
  • Michelle Urban Zapalski 
    • $20 
    • 44 mos
  • Jessaca Jacobson 
    • $200 
    • 44 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 44 mos
See all

Organizer and beneficiary

Tara Johnson 
Organizer
Bellevue, WA
Jenny Wetzel 
Beneficiary
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