LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Before parting for their respective Super Bowl parties, congregants of Consolidated Baptist Church in Lexington gathered together to honor one of their own: 17-year-old Marquis Davis.
"It's been a lot," said Sherri Withrow, Marquis' mom. "But we're making it. I'm just thankful for everything everyone has done."
Withrow spoke to LEX 18 before a benefit concert at the church Sunday, organized in an effort to raise money for the family.
At the same time, Marquis was 90 miles away, at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, where he continues to recover after receiving a new heart and new kidney in December.
At the time, Withrow dubbed the news a 'Christmas Miracle.'
Marquis was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, according to WCPO. The condition has translated into countless hospital visits for the family, but Marquis always maintained an optimistic outlook.
"He never lets anything bother him," Withrow said. "He's up and moving around on that PlayStation 4. I mean, he's never down about anything. He's just ready to get these four weeks over so he can come home."
Withrow has been heartened by the emotional support from congregants of the church, but a senior pastor said they wanted to offer more than that. That's where the idea for the benefit concert came.
"The rent still comes, the car insurance still comes, the gas still comes, the food still comes," said Richard Gaines, the senior pastor. "So just to meet some basic needs, we get to share in that. It's a blessing to be able to do that, especially as a church and community."