BEDFORD, Va. (WFXR) — Hundreds of people in the Bedford community came together on Wednesday for a parade to surprise and support a child who’s dealing with a terrible diagnosis.
Sirens, horns, and loud engines rang through the streets of Bedford County creating a memorable experience for a boy whose family is doing all they can to make memories with him.
Nick Silva’s mother, Cynthia Smith, told WFXR News, “Nick is 13. He was recently diagnosed with Leigh syndrome. It effects the central nervous system. It’s a neuro disorder and basically, the mitochondria don’t get enough energy to the cells.”
This rare, terminal disorder can leave patients with a few years, or even less to live.
“For us, it’s about creating memories that Nick will be able to hold on to when his function decreases,” Smith said.
She tells WFXR News that Nick loves watching police and fire vehicles. He loves cars.
According to Bedford County Sheriff Mike Miller, “We contacted the car club, we contacted the Jeep club out of Big Island, we contacted our local businesses and it all came together.”
Within two days, hundreds of the area’s bikers, riders, first responders, and classic car drivers came together to surprise Nick with a parade in front of his house.
Miller says that Nick dreams of becoming a first responder. As another surprise, those dreams came true when Miller appointed nick an Honorary Deputy Sheriff.
In the words of Nick, “I just want to say thank you to everyone that did this for me…I absolutely loved it. This day could not have been any better.”
“It’s something that’ll stay in our hearts forever,” Miller added.
“He’s just very loving and caring and kind and I hope that people remember him for that,” Nick’s mom said.