David Dakake did not have the typical experience this Halloween. He should have been dressed up as his favoritesuperhero, out trick-or-treating with the other kids, and trading chocolates for lollipops.
Unfortunately, the 12-year-oldspent several daysin a hospital bed and missed out on the festive day of spookiness and candy.
Even worse, Halloween had always been his favorite holiday.
David’s mother, Leann reached out to a neighbor and created a postabout her son’s situation on social media. The Dakakes were new to the neighborhood, so Leann didn’t know what to expect. Little did she know, she was about to receive a huge response.
Hundreds of people, including neighborsand strangers heard about David missing his favorite day of the year. Neighbors wanted to do something about it and surprise David with a day that he wouldn’t forget.
One man in particular, named Alex, came out to surprise David as he drove a firetruck from 1948 around David’s neighborhood. Surrounded by his neighbors and other supporters, David took a ride in the old firetruck that Alex had supplied for the day. As Alex, a complete stranger, zoomed around the suburbs, David’s excitement grew.
David even dressed up as Batman, a classic Halloween costume of choice! The merriment continued as he moved on to his “Trunk-Or-Treat” experience, gathering more and more sugary sweets with each stop.
David, who has a mild form of cerebral palsy in his legs, had no problem making rounds and running to collect his candy.
With a smile on hisface, it was clear that David’s Halloween had been a hugesuccess.
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