Community provides 3-year-old a chance to learn to walk

Three-year-old Johnmark Hurley goofs around with his mother, Marie.

Johnmark Hurley will be able to attend Ability Camp this May thanks to the donations made by the Daily Sentinel’s generous readers.

After the original story by reporter Amy Hamilton ran in the April 25 edition of the paper, more than $7,000 came flooding into the mailbox at Sojourner’s Christian Fellowship Church in Fruita.

“It’s pretty amazing,” said the boy’s father, Will Hurley, “We had it all in just 1 1/2 weeks.”

Will said he is thankful and amazed at the outpouring of support and donations by the community.

“We are so thankful for all of the support and Johnmark is going to benefit from this for his whole life,” he said.

Johnmark and his family will travel to Picton, Ontario on May 24 where he will undergo intensive five-week therapy program in an effort to teach him to walk. Usually children who complete the program are at least one step further toward walking than they were. Will expects Johnmark to be able to bear weight on his legs and move with the assistance of a walker when he returns to Grand Junction.

Click HERE to read Amy Hamilton’s original story.


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