Churches in the city and suburbs joined forces Thursday to help a paralyzed athlete who's fighting the cutoff of his insurance.
Rocky Clark was paralyzed 12 years ago while playing football for Eisenhower High School in Blue Island. A tackle left him unable to move from the neck down.
A $5 million catastrophic injury policy had paid for around-the-clock care since the incident. That policy recently reached its lifetime cap.
Members from his church in Robbins held a prayer service Thursday.
"This young man does not deserve to go through this continuous struggle of living one day at a time because he has been penalized for living too long," said Pastor Anthony Williams.
Clark is covered under Medicaid, but he said it limits his coverage of medications, nurses and doctors.