FLINT (WJRT) -
(06/17/14) - A celebration like no other was held at Hurley Children's Hospital, Tuesday.
Speedway handed over a $20,000 check to the Battle of the Brave contest winner.
Despite appearances, this is no ordinary boy. No, this is a champion. A fighter. A miracle. He was here to claim his prize at the official check presentation for Battle of the Brave.
We can't help but marvel at the journey of Isaiah Struck. It's easy to forget that he's only 7 years old.
He knows how to work an audience. If his story wasn't enough to get your vote, one look at that face will melt your heart.
As he read a hand-written thank you to the audience, they can all see it. There's something special about this kid.
"He's a charmer that's for sure," said Larry Wilson, Speedway district manager.
And this town. It's not the first time voters have pulled through.
"This goes to show the people of Flint truly care about Hurley and will never give up without a fight," Wilson said.
Speedway congratulated Hurley on their second win in two years, and the hospital showed us just what $20,000 will buy.
Hurley rose from seventh place to first, beating out almost 20 other hospitals in a landslide win for 'Team Isaiah'.
"We're really coming together as a family, and we're learning a lot about giving back. I'm really proud of my kids," said Anna Struck, Isaiah's mother.
It's been almost four years to the day since the Struck's found themselves at Hurley, praying for a miracle. The specialized care, like compression garments, is what saved Isaiah from scars - physically and mentally.
Bare legs - now dangling beneath a check rivaling his size.
"I feel really good for helping the medical center...really good," Isaiah said.
What comes next is a party, a convention and a year of more surprises for the Strucks.