A bouncing ball of energy, 4-year-old Henry Johnson is reportedly nothing short of a miracle. When you meet Henry, his charming personality immediately wins you over. After brief introductions he grabs your hand to get a sense of who you are, and if you ask him to sing a song, it's enough to make your heart melt. But his little bits of conversation represent huge leaps and bounds. When Henry was just 6 months old, his daycare provider was arrested after it was discovered Henry had suffered severe head trauma, very corner of his brain was damaged.
Marissa Johnson, Henry’s mom reportedly says, “It's amazing to see him come up with new things now. He'll let us know, I want milk mommy…I mean that's huge, that's a big deal for us, that's what we celebrate.”
The lasting effects of the abuse are still evident; Henry is reportedly permanently blind and struggles with developmental delays. But new doors of opportunity open everyday for Henry. He sees around 7 different medical professionals each week, he's learning Braille and will be attending South Dakota's School For The Blind next year. And while Henry is still working to overcome obstacles; rather that focus on the negative, the Johnson's are doing their best to turn Henry's situation into something good. They've partnered up with the organization Child's Voice, to raise awareness and promote prevention. This weekend, they're hosting the first ever “Henry's Run,” a 5K dedicated to spreading the word.
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