JOHNSTON CITY — It’s been just shy of 18 months since 8-year-old Amirah Jones began her battle with Stage IV Medulloblastoma.
On Sunday afternoon, several hundred vehicles lined the off ramps of the ken Gray Expressway at exit 59 while others lined streets and filled the parking lots of local businesses in Johnston City, patiently waiting to be part of a parade to celebrate Amirah and help fulfill her wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Several local organizations stepped up to help including the Williamson County Shriner’s Association, 618 Jeeps, Southern Illinois Cruisers, Outlaw Motorcycle Club, Darkhorse Motorcycle Club, Storm Riders, Air Force MC, Firefighter MC and public safety officials from several communities.
There were several hundred entries in the parade that rolled down Prosperity Road past the home where Amirah lives with her family..
Members of the Outlaw MC decided to make good use of the time spent waiting for the parade to begin, collecting donations of around $1,500 in about 45 minutes. That money was given to help support Amirah’s wish for a Polaris Mini-Razor, which was presented to her following the parade.
* Tony Kendrick contributed to this story.