Dozens came out Sunday to celebrate the seventh birthday of Amarion Dews.
As WFXR’s Eric Pointer first reported, Amarion is going through chemo in his battle against a rare form of cancer.
However, family and friends say the day is not about his condition; it’s about celebrating a strong young boy who keeps his head up despite the circumstances.
Not many seven-year-olds get birthday parties with live music, grilled hot dogs, cupcakes, inflatables, a street full of cars, and a table filling with gifts.
Then again, Amarion Dews isn’t most seven-year-olds.
“We just want to celebrate him. He goes through so much on a daily basis and he’s such a strong guy. Like, he’s so unphased by any of this. So we were just like, let’s just celebrate him,” said his mom, Megan.
Friends and family say he’s spent more time in a hospital bed than any child should, so they’re treating this as a chance to show their support.
“For him to be so young, he’s really taking this like a champ. And we just want everyone to come out, have a good time, celebrate, and let him know that we’re proud of him and we have the whole city behind him,” said CaSaundra Swain, a close family friend.
Swain is part of a group of friends who collected items to give the family last month, and continues to spread the hashtag “Mari-strong.”
She says she’s most impressed by one thing.
“His personality. He is not letting this thing get him down at all. Even on his bad days he makes them good days, and we’re just so proud of him for that,” she said.