Jericho's Family Thanks Community after Firetruck Parade
A North East Family is saying 'thank you' after 15 fire companies paraded their emergency vehicles by the family's home and community members outpoured love on social media.
"They all had a volunteer from each firetruck that jumped out and would say 'happy birthday Jericho' and give him a shirt or something," Jericho's father Joshua said.
They knew there were going to be a few firetrucks, but they didn't expect the roughly 60 emergency vehicles from as far as Ohio and New York that came by. "It was incredible. It was way more than we could've ever asked for," Jericho's mother Nicole said, "I was completely blown away. I had no idea it was going to be that big and like I said the smile on his face was absolutely incredible."
That smile is something Nicole says they don't see often anymore. Jericho's smile has deteriorated over time because of his disease. He also usually can't hold his head up for long because his neck muscles are too weak, but that wasn't the case when he saw the firetrucks.
"He held his head for the entire parade, which is unheard of," Nicole said, "I mean 10 or 15 minutes in therapy and he gets tired and drops it and this just encouraged him to keep his head up and he did not lay his head down one time."
The parade wasn't the only show of support and love they received. Their story has been shared 300 times on Facebook, liked more than 1,000 times and has 40 comments of people sending love.
The response amazed Nicole and Joshua. "I think I got eight likes on the biggest post I ever had," Joshua said.
They said they'll never stop fighting, but it really helps them keep them going to see all the love being sent their way. "Just five minutes of your day literally just made his entire month and a shoutout every once in a while just lifts our spirits and gives parents like us that are struggling alone the 'oompf' to keep on going," Nicole said.
Now, they're hoping their story helps raise awareness for spinal muscular atrophy. Nicole noted there is now prenatal testing and two FDA-approved drugs to treat SMA that weren't available when Jericho was born.