Town surprises Webster boy with birthday parade after viral post

15-year-old Owen Knight got his own parade to Webster Thomas High School this morning for his birthday.

WEBSTER, N.Y. -- A update now on the story of a Webster boy we brought you earlier this week.

Wednesday, Owen Knight received a surprise from the entire town.

“This is crazy. I’m surprised,” said Owen.

Owen just wanted a few birthday cards. Today, the 10th grader got his own parade.

"Everything! Fire trucks, dump trucks, swat vehicles, cop cars -- the whole spiel,” said Owen.

It all began last week with a Facebook post from his aunt simply requesting cards for Owen, who has Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy. Webster Police Officer Dan Gitsis saw the post.

"Owen is a special, special kid that lives in our town. We serve the community every day; this is just a different way for us to give back to the community,” said Officer Gitsis.

The town helped organize a parade, complete with construction vehicles from a local company.

"When they reached out to us and asked us to be a part of it the answer was simple – yes,” said Sean Fico with A.P. Enterprises.

The parade route took Owen to Webster Thomas High School where he was greeted by 1,400 classmates and the marching band.

His mom was overwhelmed by the support.

"There are so many amazing people, and I know this birthday is going to be happy and that's it, that's all that matters,” said Jessica VanWinkle, Owen’s mother.

Owen now has thousands of cards from classmates and more coming in from all over the world.

"How long do you think it will take you to open all the cards?” Owen was asked.

“Probably for the next month or two,” replied Owen.

If you would like to send a birthday card to Owen you can do so at the address below:

Owen Knight

1615 Ridge Rd

Webster NY 14580


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