Parade held for Ozark student headed to his last radiation treatment

Published: May. 28, 2020 at 5:47 PM CDT
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Josh Stokes was diagnosed with Group B Streptococcus Meningitis at just two weeks old.

Two months ago, he was diagnosed with malt lymphoma.

Since then he’s had 17 rounds of radiation.

The staff at Vivian B. Adams, the school he’s attended since he was 8 months old contacted his mom with plans of a miss you parade.

On that phone call, they learned something about his journey.

“They found out that it was his last week or radiation and so they decided to do a support parade,” says Josh’s mother Lisa Stokes.

They couldn’t hug him as they wish but they screamed and yelled from the streets to get their messages across.

“Since the quarantine happened we as a family at Vivian B Adams haven’t been able to see him and we just wanted to show him how much we appreciate him, proud of him and how much we love him,” says Vivian B Adams’s transportation supervisor Lakecia Frazier.

“We are so excited for him. He has gone through his treatment like a complete trooper,” says school staff member Kathy Brooks.

Some even hopped out of their cars to drop off gifts into a bucket at the end of his driveaway.

“We just want to bring some more smiles into his life because he’s been through an incredible journey,” says Brooks.

Josh hopped out of his seat at the sound of the first siren and waved and blew kisses as he saw faces that the pandemic has kept away from him for weeks.

“I love you,” Josh said from his porch.

It was all for Josh but he isn’t the only one whose day was made by the compassion the school staff showed.

“It just means the world to us that people have been so supportive of josh and that most of all that they love him like they do. It means the world to us,” says Stokes.

In just a few weeks Josh will be celebrating his 33rd birthday.

Along with school staff, Dale County Sheriff’s Department and Phillips Towing were among the parade line.

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