Alumni basketball game proceeds being donated to little boy fighting rare disease

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HARRISON COUNTY, W.Va. (WDTV) - Jaxon Cummings made his first appearance on 5 News back in December when he received the Christmas miracle of a new kidney.

"He's doing amazing, amazing. He is actually a little, he just goes and goes, you would have never thought he was sick, but when his levels are low, you can tell it's a whole different world" says Jaxon's Aunt and Salum University Alumni Chrissy Luchuck.

Jaxon is one and half-years-old and he was diagnosed with Nephronophthisis, a rare kidney disease, in July of 2017. He was on dialysis from July until he got his kidney transplant in December. With another surgery coming up and a strict schedule of medications, little Jaxon puts up a daily fight.

"I found out about Luchuck's nephew, Jaxon, and I wanted to intertwine the benefit and the game together," says the President of the Alumni Committee for Salem University Stacy Swisher.

For the first time ever, Salem University had an alumni basketball game, but they wanted to donate the proceeds back to the community, so they thought of Jaxon's Aunt Chrissy, who is an alumnus of the school, and decided that the game would be played in Jaxon's benefit.

"I can't even describe, just the course of the time that all of this has transpired, of how meaningful just everybody has come together to help, just for anything," says Luchuck.

"I've known Amy, Jaxon's mom, for a really, really long time and I've known his aunt, Chrissy, for a very, very long time, so I'm just very, very glad that I can be a part of this," says Salem University Alumni Tony Washington.

Unfortunately, Jason's immune levels were too low for him to be able to cheer his aunt on at the game today, but just because he couldn't be there physically, doesn't mean he wasn't there.

"I always keep him in the back of my mind," says Luchuck.