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Thursday, 09 April 2020 17:48

IL Boy Celebrates 5th Birthday with Personal Parade

Jensen Luckey watches a parade held to celebrate his birthday April 3 from the bed of a pickup truck. Jensen Luckey watches a parade held to celebrate his birthday April 3 from the bed of a pickup truck.

A young Hoyleton, IL, boy with cystic fibrosis received a special celebration for his 5th birthday April 3, when people in the community came together to give him a drive-by party.

According to Jensen Luckey’s mom, Jennifer, because her son’s life-threatening disorder causes severe damage to the lungs and digestive system, he is at high risk for catching COVID-19.

 

She says it was hard to explain to Jensen why he couldn’t have a party right now with his family members, but the Hoyleton community and many family and friends stepped up in a way they never imagined.

 

After a few phone calls and a post on April 1 on Facebook, young Jensen celebrated his 5th birthday with his very own parade.

 

Jensen’s grandpa, Sean Claybourn, said the parade started with a just a promise of a fire truck from the Hoyleton Fire Department to drive by, but grew to several joining in with their lights flashing.

 

Other vehicles joined from Centralia Collision Center and Jerry’s Towing.

 

Ambulances from United Response, students from Trinity Lutheran School and Church and a motorcycle club also joined in the parade for Jensen.

 

Decked out in a Spiderman outfit, Jensen watched the celebration from the bed of a pickup truck on the side of the road while everyone honked, waved and---yes---observed social distancing guidelines.

 

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