6th Annual Deja King Trunk Party
The Deja’ King Foundation, LLC was birthed out of place for which It allows us to give back to the community while enhancing the lives of others. Although the trunk party began as a way to celebrate the life of Deja, it will now and forever commemorate her legacy. Through her life and death a vision was birthed to ensure that she remained in the hearts and minds of the community forever.
On July 19, 1997, Deja' King was born a healthy 6lbs 7oz baby. At the age of six months, Deja’ was diagnosed with pneumococcal meningitis. This is an infection of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. The prognosis for this pneumococcal meningitis is poor. Statistics show that 1 in 5 people who develop this condition will die. Deja’ was on a ventilator for 16 days, remained in the hospital for 18 days, and was given a life expectancy of a 1 year.
As a result she was left with multiple disabilities which include: seizure disorder, characteristics of cerebral palsy and encephalitis. Medical professionals said that if she did more than what they expected her to do it would be a miracle. She has been a fighter since her diagnosis. She graduated from Spain Park High School in May of 2015. However, she continued to go under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) until age 21.
Since Deja’ wasn’t able to attend college, the trunk party initiative was created in her honor by her mother. It provides essential items to deserving high-school seniors heading to college. The Deja’ King College Trunk Party has provided Items for over 100 high school graduates.
Rest in Heaven Deja’ King. 7/19/97-7/13/2019