CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - SuperJude!
Jude Peters has a rare and lethal form of dwarfism, called RCDP. The Charlotte 2-year-old wears 3-month-old clothing and weighs a little over 10 pounds. When he was born doctors said he'd only survive two weeks. He's proving them wrong.
More importantly, SuperJude has a habit of stealing hearts.
Today his mom Hannah and grandparents Darla and Keith brought him into WBTV News. In his wheelchair were a dozen roses, pretzel M&M's and a hand-written card that said, "Molly, I'm dreaming of a date with you".
I was in the middle of an editorial meeting for our 11pm news and pretty much melted right there. It was a total surprise.
Producers Corey and Katie were taping it. They coordinated the whole thing with Jude's family. I don't even know what to say. I'm beyond grateful, honored and flattered.
Jude has a crazy awesome Facebook following. People all over the world say good night to him every evening. Go to Praying for Jude Sullivan Peters to see what I mean.
He really is a miracle child beating all odds.
Jude asked me to be his date for his black tie fundraiser in November. Fancy dresses, live music, food and fun. It'll be raising money for "Rhizo Kids" (a group of kids facing RCDP) fighting for a cilnical trial, to hopefully start next year.
Jude has been one of our amazing #MollysKids since birth. Earlier this year we went with him to Delaware to see the crazy medical ups-and-downs he – and his doting family – go through every day.
"We have lots of hope wrapped up in that trial," said Hannah today. We talked as Jude slept in my arms and her family got a tour of the station. "Hope is what we always have."
That, and the joy he brings to everyone he meets.
I'm still stunned.
P.S. – Jude's medical story from February when we traveled with him to Delaware >> http://tinyurl.com/gl4m3b8