May 4, 2022

“Stepping Up to Serve” – Weekend Car Show Organized by Warren Co. Fire Services to Raise Funds for Children’s of Mississippi

Nicole McCardle

“STEPPING UP TO SERVE” IS A MISSISIPPI-BASED INITIATIVE TO SHOWCASE PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY WHO ARE GOING THE EXTRA MILE TO GIVE BACK. THIS SEGMENT IS MADE POSSIBLE BY:

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“Stepping Up to Serve” – Weekend Car Show Organized by Warren Co. Fire Services to Raise Funds for Children’s of Mississippi

Robert Whitten, Assistant Fire Chief of a Warren County Volunteer Fire Department, and his wife, Cassandra, also a Warren County first responder, were in the process of figuring out how to unify their local first responder agencies with the community when they found out they were expecting a little boy, Jeremiah.

The Whitten Family

When he was born, Jeremiah was diagnosed with a Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH), a rare birth defect in which a hole in the diaphragm allows abdominal organs to enter the chest cavity, impairing normal lung development.

Due to this diagnosis, Jeremiah became a patient at Children’s of Mississippi in Jackson – the only children’s hospital in the state.

Because of their unique situation, Jeremiah’s father and mother realized they could make their vision of connecting first responders and the community come true.

They could host a fundraiser!

“We wanted to get first responders more into the public view. Get them an opportunity to reach out to the local communities. Because the only time you meet first responders is in an emergency,” said Robert.

The family decided to organize a Car Show Fundraiser in Vicksburg where 100% of the proceeds will go to Children’s of Mississippi.

The event will be held this Saturday, May 7, at the Vicksburg Mall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Warren Co. Fire Trucks (Photo Credit: Children’s of Mississippi)

The Car Show is organized by the Whitten family, but is made possible by Vicksburg Police Department, Warren Co Sheriff’s Office, Vicksburg Fire Department, Warren County Fire Service, along with Children’s of Mississippi; and of course, you, the community.

The event will host a fun Car Show with first responder vehicles, some live music, and many raffle prizes to help raise funds for the hospital that saved their son.

“Oh, man, I can’t even put it into words. They have literally saved his life. There’s not enough that we could do to give back,” said Robert. “We’re just one of thousands of families that they do that for.”

“If there’s anything we can do to give back to them we’re 100% on board with it.”

Robert anticipates that Warren County Fire Services will lead more fundraisers in the future. Stay tuned into Darkhorse Press to stay up to date with those events.

Jeremiah will always have an underdeveloped lung on his left side, but he will live a normal life after the care given at Children’s of Mississippi.

You can support their efforts by making a tax-deductible donation to support patients like Jeremiah who rely on the life-saving care from Children’s of Mississippi, just follow this link to donate! 

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