Fundraiser for Three Year Old Boy with Cerebral Palsy Helps Pay for Special Therapy

Beckham Brooks Prescott, a three-year old boy from Fort Smith, Arkansas suffers from a condition known as cerebral palsy. He is unable to walk on his own without the assistance of his walker. In addition, he is unable to verbalize complete sentences, but communicates in simple words and short phrases.

At a young age, Prescott’s parents, Jason and Natalie, noticed that he could not perform the normal activities typical of children his age. At nine months, he began to crawl, but not on his hands and knees as expected. Prescott scooted across the floor, only utilizing one side of his body, known to some as the army crawl.

Jason and Natalie Prescott became concerned and contacted his doctor. Since that time, he has undergone three MRI’s, an EEG, and genetic test to determine the underlying cause of his condition. However, doctors remain puzzled, as each test has come back as normal.

As Prescott’s family continues to search and pray for answers, he attends three physical therapy sessions, two occupational therapy sessions, and one developmental each week. Although Prescott has improved with this therapy, he continues to lag behind in the appropriate skills for his age.

In an attempt to find a therapeutic program that would accelerate Prescott’s motor and fine skill functions, his parents researched opportunities outside their local area. About two weeks ago, they found a program with a proven success record. However, they need to raise more than $11,000 just to cover the cost of therapy and travel expenses.

After the approval from local doctors, Prescott’s family began the journey to raise funds for their son. Residents from Fort Smith and neighboring towns gathered at Goody’s Frozen Yogurt in Fort Smith for Prescott’s initial fundraiser from 12:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., where 10% of all sales were donated toward Prescott’s therapy. The continuous flow of customers and outpouring of kindness toward the family became evident as they raised more than $3000.00.

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Alma, Arkansas (February 7, 2015) Three year old Beckham Prescott uses his walker to help him walk as he searches for a football to throw in the yard. These activities aid in strengthening his muscles to increase mobility. (Photo by Kendee Hughes)
0150208_BBP Fort Smith, Arkansas (February 8, 2015) Beckham Prescott with his cousin Kelsea Lloyd (left) wait for people to come to Goody's Frozen Yogurt in Fort Smith, Arkansas for his first fundraiser.
Fort Smith, Arkansas (February 8, 2015) Beckham Prescott with his cousin Kelsea Lloyd (left) wait for people to come to Goody’s Frozen Yogurt in Fort Smith, Arkansas for his first fundraiser. (Photo by Kendee Hughes)
Fort Smith, Arkansas (February 8, 2015) Jason Prescott, Beckham's father, feeds Beckham during fundraiser at Goody's Frozen Yogurt. Beckham's shaky hands make it challenging for him to feed himself.
Fort Smith, Arkansas (February 8, 2015) Jason Prescott, Beckham’s father, feeds Beckham during fundraiser at Goody’s Frozen Yogurt. Beckham’s shaky hands make it challenging for him to feed himself. (Photo by Kendee Hughes)
20150208_BBP5 Fort Smith, Arkansas (February 8, 2015) Natalie Prescott with her son, Beckham Prescott, wait in line for frozen yogurt from Goody's Frozen Yogurt. Beckham shows his excitement to participate in the fundraiser.
Fort Smith, Arkansas (February 8, 2015) Natalie Prescott with her son, Beckham Prescott, wait in line for frozen yogurt from Goody’s Frozen Yogurt. Beckham shows his excitement to participate in the fundraiser. (Photo by Kendee Hughes)
20150208_BBP3 Fort Smith, Arkansas (February 8, 2015) Beckham Prescott tries to take a few steps for Goody's Frozen Yogurt patrons.
Fort Smith, Arkansas (February 8, 2015) Beckham Prescott tries to take a few steps for Goody’s Frozen Yogurt patrons. His lack of lower body strength makes walking difficult for him. (Photo by Kendee Hughes)

 

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