NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – An 11-year-old Nashville boy who has been through so much has reason to celebrate.
Keon Malone was shot in the head last March, caught in the crossfire during a fight between his neighbors.
He has since undergone four surgeries and expects to be in physical therapy for a long time, but Tuesday he got a break from the tough journey.
Keon loves cars and spent the day hanging out in hot rods.
A huge Tennessee Titans fan, the 11-year-old was also surrounded by players excited to meet him.
It was a celebration of life for Keon when just a few months ago his family didn’t know if he was going to live.
“I just started praying and asked God to save my child, and he did, so I thank him for it,” said Brenda Hawkins, Keon’s grandmother.
His family told News 2 he has both good and bad days, and a few local community members wanted to make Tuesday was good one.
Brad Miser of Unique Automotive and community activist Lindsey Langley organized the party.
“There is no better feeling than seeing a kid who has been through so much just light up,” Miser told News 2.
“He walked and met Brian Schwenke a few minutes ago, [the Tennessee Titans] center, realized who he was, and his face just lit up. He had a big million dollar smile,” Miser continued.
“He has come a long way and it is really exciting to see him smile. He as a long way to go but with prayers and support of the Nashville community he is going to do very well,” said Lindsey Langley.
At the celebration, the family also enjoyed food donated by Arnold’s County Kitchen.
An account has been set up to help with Keon’s medical expenses. Click here if you want to help the family.