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Boy with rare birth defect gets drive-by birthday parade in Great Falls

Posted at 9:11 AM, Dec 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-20 19:18:30-05

GREAT FALLS — A Great Falls family celebrated a very special birthday with the help of the community on Saturday afternoon.

Eight-year-old Aiden Wagner turned nine years old. He has dealt with medical issues his whole life — including a rare birth defect, a genetic disorder, autism and seizures. He spent his last three birthdays in the hospital.

But this year, Aiden was able to celebrate his special day in the comfort of his home, and he definitely didn’t spend it alone. Members of the Great Falls community came out to give Aiden a drive-through party.

You can watch a livestream of the party that his mom, Misty, posted below:

(DECEMBER 18) A Great Falls family is hoping to make a birthday extra special this year with the public’s help.

Eight-year old Aiden Wagner has dealt with medical problems including a rare birth defect, a genetic disorder, autism and seizures, and has spent his last three birthdays in the hospital.

This year, Aiden will be turning nine in the comfort of his own home and mother Misty wants to make sure it’s memorable. She’s asking anyone who’s able to form a drive-by birthday party parade on Saturday, December 19th.

Friends at Dayspring Restoration are hoping word gets out and that Aiden feels special on his big day after being in isolation for much of the pandemic.

“This year with Covid and him having to be quarantined constantly because of upcoming appointments and surgeries and stuff, I figured this would be another way for us to celebrate his birthday and not feel like he’s left out because he can’t attend school or anything,” said Misty.

Great Falls Police and Great Falls Fire Rescue will do their best to make an appearance.

Dayspring Restoration will also decorate cars in their parking lot at 817 23rd Street North at around 2:30 p.m. that day.

Organizers are asking cars to line up at 36th Street North and 8th Avenue North near Graybill Park on Saturday. They’ll begin the drive by birthday party at 3:00 p.m.

For those wanting to dress up, Aiden’s favorite characters are ‘Baby Yoda’, along with Marvel characters, Mario and Luigi, Harry Potter, and Batman.