An unconventional birthday party

 This past Saturday was a big day for Ashlyn Fox. She was celebrating her 18th birthday. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, her family had to get creative when it came to festivities.  Ashlyn, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 7 years old, is well known throughout the community for her annual car show that raises money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Last year, she raised more than $5,000.  It was only fitting, then, that her birthday party involve what she’s passionate about: cars.  Her family decided to organize a drive-by parade at her house, and it was a total surprise to Ashlyn.  When her family brought her outside and she realized what was going on, tears of joy ran down her face as she waved at the passing cars.  “She was very humbled by it,” said Connie Heath, Fox’s grandmother. “She couldn’t quit crying. It took her quite a while before she could talk about it.”  Heath says she was inspired by the idea of a drive-by party when she saw someone doing a similar activity on Facebook. She wants the community to take advantage of unique and unconventional ways to celebrate with their families while staying safe amid the global pandemic. “Don’t forget your loved ones during this time,” said Heath. “Be patient, and try to remember others that may be less fortunate and do something to pick their spirits up.”

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