Woman raises money to help one ETX toddler - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

Woman raises money to help one ETX toddler

KILGORE, TX (KLTV) -

Jessica Lee is a three-year-old little girl who was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome at 18 months.

Rett Syndrome is the most severe form of Autism and affects, almost exclusively, females.

At first glance, Jessica looks like a healthy little girl.

"She progressed normally as an infant, and then at about 15 months we started noticing that she started regressing," said Jessica's grandfather, Tim Westervelt.

After doctors diagnosed her with this neurodevelopmental disorder, Jessica lost her ability to speak, walk and use her hands. 

"After her first birthday party, her mother decided it was too much for her and she walked out," Tim said.

Jessica's grandparents, Tim and Lisa Westervelt, decided to take full custody of Jessica and her little sister.

"We didn't think twice about taking care of these girls. I wouldn't want anybody else to raise her or take care of her," Lisa said. 

Ashlyn Mcgee runs a horse rescue in Kilgore and has become good friends with Jessica's family.

"I fell in love with her right off the bat. She stopped feeding herself, she stopped eating, she stopped crawling…and that pretty much touched my heart," said Mcgee, who is also a mother of three.

Ashlyn called Jessica's grandmother and told her she wanted to raffle off one of her rescue horses; all of the proceeds would go to Jessica.

"She about cried on the phone; it was a memorable moment," said Mcgee, with tears in her eyes.

Raffle tickets are $50. If you would like to enter the drawing, you can contact Ashlyn by email at horsesgifts98@ymail.com. You can also reach out to her by visiting her Facebook page www.facebook.com/BeautyNHorses.

"Nobody really knows about this disease; It's a terrible disease. I would just like for people to be aware of it and try to help with it," Tim said.

To make an online donation to Rett Syndrome research in honor of Jessica, visit www.girlpower2cure.org.

Copyright 2012 KLTV. All rights reserved.

 

  • NewsMore>>

  • John Tyler receives donation for local lawyer to help upgrade helmets

    John Tyler receives donation for local lawyer to help upgrade helmets

    Friday, August 18 2017 11:14 PM EDT2017-08-19 03:14:50 GMT
    KLTV StaffKLTV Staff
    The John Tyler Lions always seem to look sharp in their uniforms. But thanks to East Texas lawyer Keith Miller, the Lions will look better and play safer. Helmets that advertise lowering the impact of hits, and possibly reduce the amount of concussions, come with a hefty price-tag. Miller's donation of 7,500 dollars, will go to help the lions cover that cost. "Keith Miller's been a big sponsor of John Tyler High School football program for years now.  I know it's...More >>
    The John Tyler Lions always seem to look sharp in their uniforms. But thanks to East Texas lawyer Keith Miller, the Lions will look better and play safer. Helmets that advertise lowering the impact of hits, and possibly reduce the amount of concussions, come with a hefty price-tag. Miller's donation of 7,500 dollars, will go to help the lions cover that cost. "Keith Miller's been a big sponsor of John Tyler High School football program for years now.  I know it's...More >>
  • Red Zone Rundown: Kilgore looks to a pair of Bulldogs speed to up offense

    Red Zone Rundown: Kilgore looks to a pair of Bulldogs speed to up offense

    Friday, August 18 2017 11:08 PM EDT2017-08-19 03:08:11 GMT
    KLTV StaffKLTV Staff
    The last time we talked about the Kilgore Bulldogs, quarterback Buddy Jackson and wide receiver Jonathan Shepherd were apart of the 800-meter relay team that won gold at the 2017 state track meet. But today they are back in the pads, and looking to turn their speed into touchdowns.  Competing in District 9-4A, Kilgore has always had a strong run game that helped them become the 2016 District Champs. However, in order to surpass their opponents this season, including Carthag...More >>
    The last time we talked about the Kilgore Bulldogs, quarterback Buddy Jackson and wide receiver Jonathan Shepherd were apart of the 800-meter relay team that won gold at the 2017 state track meet. But today they are back in the pads, and looking to turn their speed into touchdowns.  Competing in District 9-4A, Kilgore has always had a strong run game that helped them become the 2016 District Champs. However, in order to surpass their opponents this season, including Carthag...More >>
  • Arp ISD takes extra precautions after high levels of asbestos reported in city's water

    Arp ISD takes extra precautions after high levels of asbestos reported in city's water

    Friday, August 18 2017 10:43 PM EDT2017-08-19 02:43:21 GMT
    Sample of water taken from sink inside Arp Junior High School. (Source: KLTV News Staff)Sample of water taken from sink inside Arp Junior High School. (Source: KLTV News Staff)

    Holding up a sample of water collected from a sink at the Arp Junior High school, the district’s superintendent says “it looks like lake water.” 

    More >>

    Holding up a sample of water collected from a sink at the Arp Junior High school, the district’s superintendent says “it looks like lake water.” 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly