Parents work to get 3-year-old help walking
Johnmark Hurley’s life has been a battle since he survived for 27 minutes without oxygen after birth.
Now at 2 1/2 years, the joyful toddler from Clifton has cerebral palsy and hypotonia, or low muscle tone. Though he will turn 3 on the Fourth of July, Johnmark is not yet walking or crawling.
His parents, Will and Marie Hurley, believe that the prayers of hundreds of people have helped their family weather some of the hardest times.
“Johnmark is really doing as well as he is because of the power of prayer,” Marie Hurley said.
The Hurleys are trying to raise $9,000 to send Johnmark to a five-week ability camp. They have about two-thirds of that amount thanks to family and friends. They still need $3,000 and plenty of prayers.
The Hurleys are encouraging people to join a prayer team for Johnmark and other children at Ability Camp in Canada. Those joining the prayer team can sign up as individuals, families or groups and choose a day to pray. The Hurleys also encourage others to pray on their own.
Johnmark heads to camp on May 24. The camp offers hyperbaric oxygen treatments and conductive therapy, which can improve mobility and development.
Will Hurley is optimistic the camp will help his son gain some mobility. Johnmark scoots around the home and his legs are getting strong enough so that he can stand. Johnmark is visited by therapists three hours a week, when he thinks “people are coming over to play with him,” Will Hurley said.
The boy is learning the alphabet and to read, his parents said.
“It was a really positive thing when you think your kid’s not going to make it, then you have all these people praying for you and he pulls through,” Will Hurley said.