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(05/27/14) - Seven-year-old Isaiah Struck knows how to have a good time - but he also has some serious business to address.
"I want you to go on your computer and I want you to vote, and I need your votes," he said.
A large crowd of Hurley Medical Center's doctors and nurses gathered early Tuesday morning to beat the drum for Team Isaiah - a top contender in Speedway's Battle of the Brave Contest. The CMN hospital receiving the most online votes earns $20,000.
"It's blowing me away. I'm amazed. I think people have really come together and it's been a really good thing. We're excited to be a part of this," said Anna Struck, Isaiah's mom.
At the age of 3, Isiaha made an unexpected trip to Hurley following a mishap at his Bay City home.
"Isaiah was in a bad bon fire accident. It was at our house. We live 55 minutes away. We ended up here at Hurley. They took care of us," said Robert Struck, Isaiah's dad.
Isaiah is grateful for the TLC his doctors and nurses provided.
"They healed me and I got to not have really bad burns and I can walk now," he said.
"The entire Hurley family has gotten behind Isaiah. We treat patients like Isaiah all the time. We're the third busiest trauma center for kids in the state," said Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, of Hurley Medical Center.
If Team Isaiah finishes in first place, that $20,000 will help patients in Hurley's pediatric burn unit.
"We'll use it for several different things. One is pediatric jobe garments, which are the pressure garments that keep the scarring down. If you could look at Isiaha's arms and legs, very few scars because of that," said Rick Warmbold, Hurley Foundation president.
Hurley has seen the community come through before in online voting competitions - not once, but twice - including last year.
"We're going for the triple crown. Every vote counts, but don't assume that your vote doesn't count because last year we won by only 34 votes," Warmbold said.
You can vote for Isaiah in the Battle of the Brave contest through Saturday night, until 11:59. To vote, click HERE.
Don't forget - the CMN Telethon is this Sunday. You can watch it live on ABC12 and right here on abc12.com beginning at 8 a.m.