OKOLONA, Miss. (WTVA) - An Okolona family worked to make a local autistic child feel really special on National Autism Awareness day.
The Ford family, hosted a parade.
The family not only wanted to raise awareness about autism but wanted to show love to their autistic family member, Legend Ford.
Legend's mom said the parade showed her how much Legend is blessed.
"Legend was a 24 week-er, he was blessed," Legend's mom Darshella Shelton said. "1 pound and 7 ounces, and he's still here. He has epilepsy and everything else but he still has a lot of love for the world."
Friends and family of the Ford family hosted a parade for Legend to celebrate National Autism Awareness day while also showering Legend with love and gifts. Some even decorated their cars in multi-color puzzle pieces which reflects the complexity of the autism spectrum.
"We're all here for legend, this is what this day is about," family friend Laporshia Ragin said.
The parade was a last-minute idea, still, Legend's family pulled through to support him.
"Everyone has a lot of love for this little boy," Ragin said. "This little boy has been through so much and he still has a long way to go but his mother and his grandmother, his auntie and his family, everyone pulls together to support him regardless of if we are blood or not."
The family said that they plan to continue celebrating Legend and will have another parade to raise awareness next year.
"This is the beginning of something we are going to continue," Ragin said. "This is the first annual Legend Ford autism parade."
As for Legend's mom, she just wants the world to know that its okay to be different.