Community paints and hides rocks to support baby battling liver disease

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) Warrior, strong and miracle are a few words and East Tennessee mom uses to describe her son, Kingston.

"My son has been through in 24 years and he's been alive for four months," said Cayla Jones, Kingston's mom.

At almost eight weeks old, Kingston was diagnosed with a rare liver disease called Biliary Atresia. He has had multiple surgeries and and a couple close calls already at nearly five months old.

"He's almost died in my arms and I almost experienced every parents worst nightmare." said Jones.

Kingston's family often drives to Cincinnati Children's Hospital for procedures and checkups, knowing some time in the near future he will need a transplant.

"It's a waiting game, an awful waiting game," said Kingston's dad, James Hopkins.

People in the community are showing their support though art. They have been painting rocks and tiles.

"I wanted to help spread the awareness of his rare disease," said painter and member of "Maryville Rocks 865," Lori Walton. "It's my way to give back to the community and other people want to give back also, people hide them and people go out and find them."

Jones told Local 8 News that people across the world have reached out to her to paint rocks for Kingston thanks to those who started the fad, "Maryville Rocks 865." Jones hopes this will bring prayers for her son and awareness to the disease.

"It takes one person to find a cure for a disease, and who knows one of these rocks could reach that person," said Jones.

To paint rocks for Kingston click here

To donate to Kingston's Gofundme click here