Grant Gets His Wish – A Really Big Rolling Birthday Parade (With Photo Gallery)

April 21, 2020

Almost every little boys loves cars and trucks.

Especially Grant, who was born with a congenital heart defect. He’s proudly celebrating his seventh birthday in Cantonment, and scores of people came together Monday evening to help him celebrate.

The procession included the public safety vehicles you might expect to see in any parade — Escambia County Sheriff’s Office vehicles and motorcycles, Escambia Fire Rescue, Escambia County Mounted Posse, Florida Highway Patrol.

And there were race cars, lines of motorcycles, several car clubs, sports cars, antique cars, cement trucks, an old military vehicle,  a fleet of wreckers and more. Even Pensacola’s boat car (it’s a car and a boat). Everything a seven-year old boy could wish for.

Grant was scheduled for a Make-A-Wish Foundation trip this year, but that was canceled for now due to the pandemic.

Instead, the community came together to give Grant, who was wearing his own personalized  “Happy Quarantined Birthday” shirt, a rolling birthday parade to remember.

And he received his own set of wheels — a kid-sized four wheeler.

For a photo gallery, click here.

Photos by Meagan Kennedy and Alisa Sanders for, click to enlarge.


13 Responses to “Grant Gets His Wish – A Really Big Rolling Birthday Parade (With Photo Gallery)”

  1. Dog Gone on April 22nd, 2020 11:12 am

    Nice to read something that puts a smile on your face.
    Good Job Everyone.

  2. Heather Smith on April 22nd, 2020 8:44 am

    Oh, I absolutely ♥️ seeing our community coming together and putting a big smile on this boys face and making his birthday so special during this difficult pandemic we’re all going through at this time. I want to say Thank you to all the individuals, companies, and first responders for making his 7th Birthday so very special and I just know that he’ll hold onto this day forever. Grant, Happy 7th Belated Birthday. Hope that you had a fabulous day

  3. Amanda Shiver on April 21st, 2020 7:13 pm

    Thank you all so much for helping make this his best birthday yet

  4. Wendy Meredith on April 21st, 2020 4:12 pm

    Happy Birthday Grant!!! May God always bless you!!!

  5. Wyatt on April 21st, 2020 2:18 pm

    Makes me happy to see someone get that.

  6. Jessica Anderson on April 21st, 2020 12:43 pm

    It was my pleasure to bring my beast out to make a smile on this young man’s face. Happy birthday buddy I hope you had a wonderful and fabulous day I know I sure did see the smile on your face..

  7. Will morales on April 21st, 2020 11:46 am

    Happy birthday grant!! Glad to have been able to make your wish come true and a little burnout for ya in the mustang!

  8. Sue on April 21st, 2020 10:04 am


  9. Sue on April 21st, 2020 10:02 am

    Happy Birthday Grant

  10. Dara G on April 21st, 2020 9:28 am

    Happy Birthday Grant !! from your Miss Dara, Jill, Jennifer, Dr. A, Dr. B and Sarah !!

  11. Jackie Johnson on April 21st, 2020 7:52 am

    Happy Belated Birthday to Grant! Thank you to every individual and company who helped make Grant’s 7th birthday so Special! Such a great Parade!

  12. DLo on April 21st, 2020 7:18 am

    Dang, I got something in my eye…Good job to all involved, Happy Birthday Grant!

  13. Michael Jones on April 21st, 2020 5:34 am

    Grant is a great most deserving boy. I’ve known him and his family for quite some time. Student of mine at one time, this young man could accomplish anything he put his too. Great young man, great family, congratulations!!!

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