YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A Youngstown mother whose son died a year ago is giving back by holding a food drive in his memory.
“Xavior was born April 17, 2012. He was born with a hypoplastic left heart,” Jazmine Dubose said.
Her son, Xavior Beck, was born with a heart that did not develop on the left side. He had his first open heart surgery when he was just six days old.
He got to come home on June 6, 2012.
“He stayed out of the hospital for a little while. We got to watch him grow and develop and everything,” Dubose said.
Unfortunately, his health deteriorated and doctors said he needed a heart transplant. Xavior got on the list, they found his blood type and his lungs started to look better.
“But his little body just could not take it. So, April 7, he passed away,” Dubose said.
He died just 10 days shy of his 2nd birthday. But, his mother remembers the special moments they shared.
“Even when he was sick, he didn’t let it show. He just sat there and smiled. He wouldn’t let you know anything was wrong with him,” Dubose said.
She is not the only one with memories of Xavior.
“I remember the Sunday when we baptized little Xavior. So we have been there for them and have tried to encourage and support the family, especially as Xavior had passed away,” Pastor Michael Zabel of Faith Community Church in Youngstown said. “Jazmine and her family have been part of the church for a number of years.”
That is why they did not hesitate to help them raise money when doctors said Xavior needed a new heart. A fundraiser was held in February 2014.
So now Dubose said it is the family’s turn to give back, specifically to the Ronald McDonald House in Cleveland, where they stayed while Xavior was at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital.
“They gave us strength to keep going. Every day, they would ask me how we were doing. Make little things for Xavior to take over to the hospital,” Dubose said.
A spokesperson for Ronald McDonald House said when families get involved and help give back, it helps spread the organization’s mission even further.
The Faith Community Church, 1919 Midlothian Boulevard in Youngstown, will host a food drive in memory of Xavior Beck on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
“When families are not able to afford food, it is really hard. So anything that anyone can help give, it would be a grateful thing,” Dubose said.
“Families benefit from all kinds of donations while they are staying here at the Ronald McDonald House and while they are using our services,” the agency spokesman said.
Ronald McDonald House Charities help over 80,000 families each year. Dubose and her family plan to visit the Ronald McDonald House and even cook dinner for the families.
They have the church’s support too.
“God has blessed us, so we can be a blessing to others,” Pastor Zabel said.