Viral post inspires birthday parade for Webster boy

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All it took was one viral post to kick start a birthday parade for the ages. That birthday party was for Owen Knight.

 It was attended by over a thousand of his peers at Webster Thomas High School and organized in part by his principal who was shown the post on Facebook. 

“I got an email about that, sent it out to some of our service organizations,” said Glenn Widor, principal of Webster Thomas High School. 

Owen has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a terminal degenerative disease. This year for his birthday his family put out a plea for birthday cards on Facebook to make this one special and raise awareness on the disease. 

“I really can’t even believe it,” said his aunt Amy VanWinkle. “This is crazy.” The post as of Wednesday has over 1500 shares. “People reaching out and just messaging us, stopping and dropping off cards in the mailbox, knocking on the door just to say hi.” 

There was plenty of cake at the birthday part, but for Owen, this is a reminder as it turns out of Owen’s condition and outlook. “I don’t eat cake, but everyone else can have it,” said Owen. 

“He said he has to take a break from smiling because it’s starting to hurt,” said Owen’s mom, Jessica VanWinkle. The familys plea was answered. They have more than a thousand birthday cards.

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