My friend and colleague, Erin J and I have been in touch tonight about her brother Clayton. I know many of you are devoted praying folks and I am asking you tonight and in the weeks ahead to keep Clayton and the Jarolimek family in your prayers.
Clayton is a US Naval Academy graduate. Following his graduation he chose then to go into the Marines. On Monday, he was seriously injured in Afghanistan. The injuries are to his face and eyes. The swelling is severe and they have not been able to perform surgery. It is a miracle that he is alive. Everything is too soon to know what the next steps are. Please pray for Clayton, his medical team, his wife (they just married in January) and the entire Jarolimek family. Please also pray Clayton gets transported in a safe and timely manner back to San Diego so he can receive the best medical treatment and needed surgeries. His family also will then be able to see him again.
I have previously spent time with Dawn and Craig Jarolimek. They are the most proud parents of Clayton and his accomplishments. As a parent I cannot imagine what they are going through right now. The entire Jarolimek family are outgoing, fun loving and the genuinely kind people you want to visit with each time you see them. Dawn was one my first visitors to our prairie home as she made a special point on work road trip she had to come visit me. They are thoughtful, hard working people who tonight are thankful their only son is alive but anguished over what the future holds and what the next steps are for him in days ahead.
Often you hear a “wounded”, “seriously injured” or “killed” soldier headline in the news and you have no connection to who they really are. But tonight, there is a North Dakota boy thousands of miles away that is no longer just a headline name to you and he needs your uplifting prayers.
Thank you in advance for praying for Clayton.
You can read the Grand Forks Herald article by clicking here to learn more about Clayton, his injuries and read what his family members shared.