TULSA,Okla. - The Little Light House was filled with cheers on Saturday as more than 60 little ones took a celebratory lap to commemorate their individual milestones. The school provides services to children with special needs. Kids dressed up as cakes, presents and even a fairy in honor of the school's 40th birthday celebration.
The crowd grew silent as Jonathan Culp listened for his dad's voice at the finish line. The 6-year-old was born with DiGeorge Syndrome, it caused his eyes, heart and skull to form incorrectly. Doctors told his parents Julie and Adam their son would not make it past a few months. As Jonathan reaches the end of the lap, his parents are glad they didn't listen to the odds. "He's 6 years old and he's learning to walk independently, not talking yet but he's using a communication device," Adam said. "He's a miracle."
The Culp's were put on a 3-year waiting list at the school. Private donations help pay for the full tuition for every child, which is estimated to be around $24,000 dollars each. There are currently more than 100 children on the waiting list. The Little Light House has plans to expand its facility but it needs $2 million to simply break-ground.
Families are asked to raise as much money as they can, but that money is used for yearly operating expenses. The Culp's are grateful their child is getting the help he needs to become more independent but they know others are waiting for their turn. "The Little Light House is doing so much but there are so many more kids in this area, that need the help in order to do that there needs to be more funds," Adam said.
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