Molly's Kids: One child beats cancer! The other suddenly gets a severe brain injury

Molly's Kids: One child beats cancer! The other suddenly gets a severe brain injury

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - You might recognize Elijah Clark, standing here behind his brother.

Elijah just celebrated three years of being cancer-free. In a post about that milestone >> click here >> we didn't mention his older brother Jordan. I wanted to give a deserved moment just to Elijah, to celebrate him.

But tonight, I want to shine a little more insight to this family and their past few weeks.

23-year-old Jordan Clark was in a terrible car accident a month ago. He has bleeding on the brain, a broken neck and suffered a severe brain injury.

For years, Jordan has been Elijah's helpful older brother through Elijah's many hospital stays and cancer treatments.

Elijah is now helping take care of him.

Their incredible parents, Alishia and Marvin, are doing a remarkable job balancing it all.

Couple weeks ago Alishia wrote and said, "Well, Elijah and Jordan are both in the hospital right now. Same hospital, different parts of campus. At least I'm getting a good workout trying to go back and forth between them!"

She's always THAT positive.

But right now it's hard. They can't deny it. Alishia's job let her go a week ago so she could "focus on her boys" and Jordan, a happy college student, just lost much of his independence.

"Don't you dare feel sorry for us," Alishia wrote the other day with a smiling tone. "Don't you dare. We will make it. We always do."

Here's a little way we can all help.

The Alexander County community is coming together to host a fish fry THIS SATURDAY, March 5th. It's at noon at Alexander Central High School on 223 School Drive in Taylorsville. Sandwich prices start at $3, or whatever you'd like to donate. I'll put a flyer with information below in comments.

100% of proceeds go to the Clark family.

"It's hard to put aside pride and accept help when normally you are the helper," Alishia said to me. "It can be embarrassing. We are used to being the givers, not the receivers."

It's a wonderful thing friends are doing for the family of this longtime one of our ?#‎MollysKids?. I'm happy to shout it from mountaintops. If you're in the Alexander County area, feel free to also spread the word.

And, to end on a happy note, guess what?

Elijah, who graduates this spring, just got accepted to Appalachian State University! He'll be a Mountaineer starting this fall.


**Editor's note: This is about one of #MollysKids, children WBTV Anchor Molly Grantham follows closely on her Facebook page. It was first published there – which is why it's written in a personal way. For years Molly has followed hundreds of kids with uphill medical battles. Find this story and updates on all #MollysKids here.**