JD’s server, customers reach out to sick student

Micki Beekman, a server at JD's Restaurant and Bar, has donated $776 to a high school student who has been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Lukemia (ALL).

Beekman worked on Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., donating all her earned tips for that shift to Jessica Foley, a sophomore at Southwood High School.

Foley lives in Wabash, but she has family ties to Huntington.

She is an honor roll student, member of the softball team, manager of the boys' wrestling team and active member of her local community and church.

Beekman says she found out about Foley's diagnosis from her aunt, Steph Foley, who Beekman knows personally because the two graduated from high school together.

"Last year I had a day where I donated all my tips to the Relay for Life; this year I liked the personal touch of donating them to someone I know."

To add another personal touch, JD's added spaghetti and meatballs to their menu for the day, which is said to be Foley's favorite meal.

Beekman says she is "very overwhelmed with all of the support we received."

She also says anyone interested in donating money can send it to JD's Restaurant and Bar, c/o Micki Beekman, 426 Warren St., Huntington, IN 46750.

Information about Foley and her battle against ALL is also available on Twitter, using the hashtag: #JessStrong.