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Keeton family: 'Thank you for your love and support'

By Lyndsey Price, lprice@wcyb.com
Published On: Mar 25 2014 04:51:33 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 25 2014 05:31:18 PM CDT
Weston Keeton on Christmas 2013

Photo courtesy of the Keeton family

KINGSPORT, Tenn. -

A Kingsport family is trying to move forward after their seven-year-old boy died over the weekend in Philadelphia after a long battle with heart disease.

Memorial services for Weston Keeton are planned for next week.

Tuesday we spoke with his mother, Julie Keeton, who tells us they are at peace knowing Weston is not struggling with his health anymore.

Julie tells us it's going to be a difficult road ahead, but she wants to thank the community for all the love and support they've shown Weston.

Julie tells us it brought a lot of encouragement to Weston and helped put a smile on his face.

She says doctors are doing an autopsy to figure out exactly what caused Weston's death, but Julie says knowing Weston has touched by so many lives is helping them move forward.

The family chose to have Weston's corneas donated to someone in need of a transplat. "He would say, 'I just want to help other kids.' When we filled out the forms for his autopsy, we could just hear him saying, 'I just want to help other kids.' So I think this is his way of really giving back, was to give his corneas," Julie said.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 3 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Higher Ground Baptist Church on Lynn Garden Drive in Kingsport. After receiving friends, a celebration of life service for Weston will start at 7 p.m.