Sonny Mead is an Illinois four-year-old suffering from craniosynostosis, a condition which causes a child's skull to fuse together prematurely, stunting brain growth and causing potential damage. Due to an important surgery Sonny will be receiving prior to Halloween night, it seemed for a while like he wouldn't be able to go out and trick-or-treat with the other kids. When the Mead's neighborhood found out about this, however, they made other plans!
Knowing how important trick-or-treating can be to young kids, Sonny's neighborhood stepped up and held an early Halloween night just for him! Long before the actual end of October, Sonny dressed up as Superman, visited 20 houses on a special trick-or-treat route, and took a special Halloween ride in the local firetruck.
Jackie Mead, Sonny's mom, told Fox 2 Now:
He thinks today is Halloween. We let him pick his costume, and up until today he was going to be Spider-Man, and then he decided that he wanted to be Superman because he wants superpowers.
@nypost https://t.co/KcZBF8f7lO— 🇺🇸Proud Dreg🇺🇸 (@🇺🇸Proud Dreg🇺🇸)1540586461.0
In 2015, Sonny had pieces of his skull removed so his brain would have room to grow. Those pieces were supposed to grow back over time, but doctors were dismayed to find that they weren't doing so. Doctors will now be performing a procedure to rebuild Sonny's skull using "a 3-D printer and bone from a cadaver."
@FoxNews Craniosynostosis is very serious surgery to fix. Hoping for a successful operation.— -- (@--)1540513677.0
I double dog dare you to read this and not get a tear in your eye!!!! https://t.co/pC71swRbEl— Monte Sweet (@Monte Sweet)1540586427.0
The four-year-old is expected to be in recovery from two to six months, so making a nice Halloween memory before going into surgery could be far more helpful than even his kind neighbors realize.
How COOL is this? https://t.co/u6oKfBA0fZ https://t.co/u6oKfBA0fZ— All the Hits KMX (@All the Hits KMX)1540590538.0
Twitter was inspired by the kind-hearted Illinois neighborhood:
@people I will remember for a long time the sheer joy of that little guy...thanks people of Illinois— Bob Shiner (@Bob Shiner)1540587810.0
@people Quality community. Putting the people that matter the most first.— Ryan Babue (@Ryan Babue)1540587924.0
@people Go Sonny go! Shout out to my peeps in E-vile.— Colleen Marie 🍀 (@Colleen Marie 🍀)1540591998.0
@FoxNews https://t.co/hD1nZAlcPb— Mere Bear 🐻 (@Mere Bear 🐻)1540513876.0
@FoxNews Heart touching.... our prayers are with him and his family. God bless this little fellow..— Jay Monteer (@Jay Monteer)1540516607.0
@FoxNews Poor little guy. I hope he’ll be alright soon. Thanks for those who helped him trick and treat❤️— وليد الحربي (@وليد الحربي)1540516987.0
@FoxNews What a wonderful story!— Paul Walgren (@Paul Walgren)1540516612.0
Fortuately, Amanda Richert, a neighbor and friend of Sonny's family, wasn't about to let a Halloween go uncelebrated!
He wasn't going to be able to trick-or-treat, and I just, as a mom, could not let that happen.
AN EARLY TREAT: Halloween came early this year for a young boy after an Illinois neighbor heard he would miss his f… https://t.co/66yd3PdyW7— Fox News (@Fox News)1540513320.0