NILES, Mich. – Jayden Jones suffers from a mitochondrial disease and autism, but for his 8th birthday some special members of his community came out to show him support.
JJ has been in and out of the hospital for most of his life. He has also struggled with autism, which can make it difficult to make friends. In fact, he was actually targeted by bullies.
According to WBND, the bullying go so bad that they decided to move from Arizona to Niles, Indiana.
“There’s just nobody around who is like him, you know, and he just gets picked on a lot because of his health problems,” said Jaida Welsh, JJ’s mom.
Shortly after their move, JJ celebrated his 8th birthday.
“We’ve got like a few family members. He doesn’t have any friends to invite,” Mike Jones, JJ’s dad, told WBND.
But when his community caught wind of JJ’s birthday, they made sure to make it unforgettable.
The Niles police and fire departments escorted dozens of members from the Blue Knights, Axemen and Marine Riders to JJ’s home.
JJ was thrilled to see the fire trucks, police cars and motorcycles line up outside his house. The men came up to greet him, giving him high-fives and wishing him a very happy birthday.
Overall, it was a special day, and his parents say JJ won’t forget it any time soon.
“We honestly don’t know what the future holds for him,” said Welsh. “There’s some kids that pass away from mito, you know. We just try to live day-by-day.”