Boy with superhero heart gives back to community
Giving back is usually a common theme during the holidays, but with December behind us, one Bismarck boy decided giving would be his new tradition.
Marcus Ell is only five years old. But his mom says he's an old soul with a heart of gold.
Their family was dealing with financial issues and decided to make "lemonade" out of the situation by giving the little they had to others.
Marcus started handing out money certificates to people across Bismarck, filling a food pantry, and he even used a gift card given as a present and he turned around and used it to buy ingredients to make baked goods for first responders.
Marcus' positive attitude, comes with a caveat.
An average kid, enjoying afternoon play time.
Five-year-old Marcus Ell loves super heroes. His favorite: Spiderman.
His mom says a device helps him have "super" hearing.
"Can you hear better now? YEAH!!"
Marcus hasn't had an easy life. He's undergone more than 20 procedures since he was born without hearing.
"They reconstructed his ear canals, so that they were wider," said Stephanie Ell, Marcus' mom
He didn't talk until he was four.
Marcus has a condition called 18 Q deletion syndrome. Along with loss of hearing, he's battled with seizures, his growth hormones are through the roof, he also has a soft skull, and mild spina bifida.
Stephanie said: "I just want my son to know that no matter what's different about him, to be kind. He's got a rough road ahead of him. And he's got to work harder than most people to be able to hear, to learn. But-- he's one heck of a teacher."
Marcus loves giving and putting smiles on others faces especially after getting a device that helps him hear the world.
"My heart just feels a little big right now. And it's feeling kind of happy," said Marcus.
His message: "Be kind and be good."
The Ell family says it's important to remember that we don't know what's going on with others’ lives, that’s why they’re giving so much back.
Stephanie says her "rainbow baby" Marcus is happy and doing well.
She says when he turns eight, doctors will test his skull to see if it can handle holding a processor so he doesn't have to wear the head band anymore.