Make-A-Wish Foundation gives Independence boy a super surprise

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- The Make-A-Wish Foundation gave a third grader in Independence a super surprise.

Surrounded by his three best friends, MJ Gilbert was in deep conversation about something he loves: superheroes.

His third grade classmates knew about his obsession, so they made him this very special book.

“They help the world. They make the world a better place,” MJ said about why he loves the crime-fighting heroes.

This kept him distracted enough for friends and family to line up outside for an even bigger surprise.

MJ has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. After a year-long wait, his Make-A-Wish dream came true. He and his three best friends are going on a shopping spree for superhero toys. Batman, Superman, you name it, he’s going for it.

“He knew that the shopping spree was coming but I don’t’ think he expected this much love to be shown today,” said mom Leresa Cozart.

His classmates dressed in lime green and superhero masks to support their friend. MJ rolled his way through the tunnel of cheers in rock star fashion. It’s his first time in a limousine and he gets to share this experience with friends and family.