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Family in need of vehicle to get son to therapy appointments

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FREELAND, MI (WNEM) -

A family fears their broken-down car will throttle their special needs son’s progress.

Their undependable transportation left them stranded with a busted transmission. Now they can’t get their son to therapy to help with his behavior.

Kingston Murk is one of the happiest 7-year-old boys you will ever meet. He loves school, superheroes and playing Bingo on his Ipad. He was diagnosed with autism when he was 3-years-old.

“Right now, I’m laid off. Since he’s been diagnosed it’s been all hand on deck,” said Justin Murk, Kingston’s father. “We’re just kind of getting by.”

He said it has been a struggle getting his son to therapy. Kingston visits three different therapists in three different cities. His behavior has dramatically improved, thanks to that therapy.

On Monday, the transmission in the 20-year-old van they used to get Kingston to his appointments died.

Before therapy, Kingston had the tendency to harm himself or wander away from his parents. Without a way to get him to their appointments his father fears the worst could happen.

“If anyone said, ‘come on buddy,’ he would just go with him. It’s the scariest thing in the world. So yeah, there could be a severe regression in his behavior,” Murk said.

The family has been relying on the help of neighbors to get Kingston to appointments. Murk said fixing the transmission would cost him $2,000, which is more than the van is even worth.

“I just put $1,800 into it last summer. It’s just hard to get something reliable and dependable,” Murk said.

He said consistency is key when it comes to Kingston’s therapy and reliable transportation will help do that. He is hoping for a little bit of help from the community.

“I would have to pay it forward someway because it’s hard to ask for help. I kind of had to swallow my pride a little bit, but I’d be very grateful,” Murk said.

A GoFundMe page has been created to help.

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