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Actor healed, Christmas show goes on



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January 26, 2011 - Christmas is long past, but First Baptist Church of Clarkston has a special reason for a reprise.

The church drama group's second showing of "Outside the Christmas Box," Dec. 11, was canceled when Hank, a 10-year-old lead actor, was hit by a car while crossing Holcomb Street following the Holiday Lights Parade in downtown Clarkston.

"Hank rode the float and could be heard shouting out the invitation to come to Sunday's performance," said the Rev. Dan Campbell, First Baptist Church.

After the parade, Hank, his mother, two sisters, and a few others decided to walk rather than ride the church van, Campbell said.

"As they were getting ready to cross Holcomb Street, he thought the road was clear and darted out into the street and was struck by a vehicle," he said.

Hank injured his head and spent the next couple days in intensive care.

"Just two days later he came home from the hospital with no permanent damage," Campbell said. "Doctors are calling him the miracle kid. The type of injury he sustained could have easily caused severe brain damage and even death."

In the six weeks since the accident, he has almost completely recovered.

"Recently, Hank asked his mom if they could perform the play again," Campbell said.

The church, 5972 Paramus, plans to honor his request by performing the Christmas drama on Friday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m.

"In support of him, we would like to invite the many well-wishers and concerned citizens of our community that heard about the accident to come out and see him and the rest of the cast perform," Campbell said. "Your heart will be moved."

For more information, call 248-625-3380

– Phil Custodio

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