BERNARDSVILLE, NJ — Make-A-Wish New Jersey, in partnership with the Bernardsville Police Department, Fire Department and the entire borough and surrounding communities, will host a surprise car parade in honor of a 10-year-old Bernardsville resident.

The youngster, Neil, will be surprised at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23 with a convoy of police cars, fire trucks, motorcycles and community participants driving past his home, waving and cheering for him in his new swing, surrounded by his family. 

The 10-year-old has been granted his wish by Make-A-Wish New Jersey to have an outdoor wheelchair swing of his own. Neil, who is battling Mecp2 Duplication Syndrome and Moyamoya Disease which have left him severely disabled and medically fragile, loves being in a swing and watching cars go by his family home. 

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Neil’s new wheelchair swing has been installed in his front yard, so he can experience these two things at the same time.

Anyone interested in being a part of Neil’s special day on Wednesday is invited to join the parade. Participants will convene in the area around Maple Street and Liberty Road in Bernardsville at 4:15 p.m. 

Bernardsville police request: "Please drive your vehicle to Liberty Road approaching from Pill Hill Road and head towards Maple Street. The car line will begin at the corner of Maple Street and Liberty Road in Bernardsville at 4:15 p.m.  
"You will be directed by the police department on where to park in line for the convoy. At 4:45 p.m., the Bernardsville Police and other local police and fire departments will lead the convoy on a specific route past Neil’s home – all participants will follow. "

Important Notes:
1. DO NOT STOP IN FRONT OF NEIL’S HOME. The convoy must continue to move and follow the route as led by local law enforcement. Participants are not to stop or depart from their vehicles at any time.

2. NO HORNS OR SIRENS. Everyone is encouraged to make signs, cheer for Neil (you can even roll your window down so he can hear you cheer his name), but the family has requested no horns or sirens as they will overwhelm and upset Neil.

If you have any questions, please contact Michael Dominick, Director of Communications for Make-A-Wish New Jersey at mdominick@nj.wish.org or (215) 272-5032.