HUNTERSVILLE, NC (WBTV) - Jude Collins Peters, a 2-year-old from Concord, has a large Facebook and social media following, and his dedicated followers came out Saturday night to honor him and other kids battling the same genetic disease he faces.
SuperJude, as he's called, has RCDP, a very rare form of dwarfism that includes developmental delays. Most children don't live past their first birthday, Jude is 2-and-a-half, but he is still in 0-3 month old clothing.
Take a look at the photos. He was decked in a tuxedo and bow tie for his party Saturday.
It was at a personal residence in Huntersville, catered by Family Catering. Over 140 people were there, some coming in from New York, Florida, Georgia, Texas and New Hampshire. All people who just wanted to see him, support him and help raise money for all "Rhizo Kids," the casual name given to the group of kids across the nation with this genetic illness.
Anchor Molly Grantham was his date. He surprised her at WBTV News earlier this summer with roses and M&M's to ask her if she'd go with him. He is also one of her longtime #MollysKids. She has traveled with the family to Delaware to report on the constant uphill battles Jude and other kids like him face.
"Jude's Tribe supports him and our family in a big way," mom Hannah Collins said. "We are so grateful for everyone's support. Saturday night was beautiful."