Monkeying around with Max helps one little boy plus kids at Children's Hospital.
A stuffed animal is helping a real little boy right here in East Tennessee.
Last spring when he was seven months old, his parents got a heart breaking diagnosis for Max: a brain tumor.
"The odds of them getting the tumor were not good. It was touching his brain stem, it was in his nerves, and it was a bloody tumor and our surgeon said if it were any of those then he wouldn't be able to get it all," Jessica Hurst said.
First time parents Jessica and David Hurst hoped for the best as Max endured a nine and a half hour surgery at East Tennessee Children's Hospital.
"But he got all of it even though it was all three of those things. He was an amazing surgeon," she said.
His mom says Max is making an amazing recovery.
"He's rolling over and he's trying really hard to crawl and he can sit up by himself for short periods of time he can hold himself up and he's jabbering and he just got his trach out," she said.
Jessica knew Susan Byrd and Robin Strickland casually from when she worked at a bank. They are Avon representatives who prayed for a way to help. They started Monkeying Around with Max.
"Every year Avon brings out a different stuffed animal and this year we have a monkey so we're going to be using the monkey to try to help with some of Max's medical bills that he's acquired over this year," Susan Byrd said.
Each Marble the Monkey stuffed animal costs $15 with $3 going to Max.
Jessica Hurst said, "I used to work two jobs and now I'm at home. So it's really hard to trust that God is going to take care of it and he has through people like them who are just willing to give so we're really grateful for them and everything that they're doing."
Anyone who purchases a monkey can keep it or donate it to the children who are patients at Children's Hospital.
"There were several kids who died while we were there and kids there having cancer treatments every day. So it's opened our eyes to people fighting battles way worse than ours. We've had a very blessed journey," Jessica said.
Susan said, "I know these monkeys are going to bring smiles to faces. Look how cute they are."
You could say the same about Max. He's a cute little boy who is getting better every day.
"We've been very blessed. We've had a lot of miracles. I mean, the Lord has brought him through a lot. He has every reason not to be here. And he is," Jessica said.