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Community gives birthday party for boy with no friends

Posted at 12:04 AM, Jul 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-05 00:04:40-04

 A Michigan community came out to make one boy's Fourth of July holiday -- and birthday -- extra special.

8-year-old Jayden "J.J." Jones has mitochondrial disease and autism, and his parents say his illness has made it hard for him to make friends.  They say he's often bullied by kids who don't understand him. 

Jayden's parents wanted to throw him a birthday party but they say they were afraid there was no one to invite. So the community rallied to give Jayden a birthday party he would never forget.

Motorcycles with riders from three different motorcycle clubs, police cars, and even a fire truck made a special ride down Jayden's street to help him celebrate his birthday.  Jayden got to ride around in a police Hummer and the fire truck, giving high fives to everyone along the way.

"I teared up when they were all out there giving him high-fives," said Jayden's father, Mike Jones. "It's just amazing. That's all I can say, It's just amazing."

Jayden's parents say they live life day-to-day, because children with mitochondrial disease face uncertain futures. They say that days like this one give them hope that Jayden will get the most out of the time he has.