PURVIS, MS (WDAM)- Back in September 2012, Purvis residents Jeffrey and Melinda Jones hosted a car show benefit for their grandson Jacob Jones. More than a year later, the grandparents held a gospel sing benefit on Saturday for their grandson, who has Infantile Tay-Sachs.

“Jacob’s medical expenses are astronomical,” said Melinda Jones. “They do have insurance, they do have Medicaid and they do have other assistance through St. Jude’s and other programs, but it just doesn’t cover the equipment that he needs, the daily things that he needs.”

Along with the gospel sing, thanks to family members, friends and residents, the event also included a silent auction, various arts and crafts vendors, and a bake sale.

“I just thank them so much, just you know, for people take time out their lives to come and do things for us is pretty amazing,” said Jacob’s father, Justin Jones.

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2 thoughts on “Purvis Grandparents Hold Benefit to Help Grandson withTay-Sachs”

  1. Yoni Maisel says:

    Very sad situation. My heart truly goes out to the family. Actually just a moment before I saw this on Twitter, I posted a link to the Miami Institute which advised this week that all Jews of European Origin undergo testing for the 19 “Jewish” Genetic Diseases.

    Additionally, here in Israel the Haaretz newspaper printed a story two days ago that the Ministry of Health just passed an ordinance – prospective couples who do not undergo genetic testing for Tay-Sachs and the other 18 diseases will not be granted marriage licenses. This is a necessary and logical step; ultimatum if you will.

    Again, my heart goes out to the child and family.

    Yoni Maisel
    Twitter: @Primary_Immune

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