MARICOPA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - Two Maricopa High School buddies are going viral for all the right reasons.

High school senior Jake Marr and sophomore Matthew Sabetta met through school and became close friends, chatting in the hallways before and after class.

And through that special friendship, Jake learned Matthew loves cement trucks.

So for Christmas, Jake saved up to buy his special needs friend a Christmas gift. It took a month to find the right yellow cement-mixer Tonka truck.

“I love it!” Matthew exclaimed in the video.

Jake filmed the exchange at the request of his mother, later posting it to social media to spread positivity.

“I got happy tears and so it was just like my happy day,” said Matthew.

Matthew has William’s Syndrome, a rare genetic condition that comes with serious health issues.

While Matthews condition means he is missing 26 to 27 genes, his grandmother likes to think he was given an extra in return, which he called the 'joy gene,' responsible for making him and others with the condition, so infectiously friendly.

So having a friend like Jake, is very important to him

“He's my best friend, right here,” Matthew said, pointing to Jake.

"Just be kind, talk to them, get to know them, they have the most amazing stories you'll ever hear," said Jake.

But Jake says he's the one who’s benefitting

"Because he makes everybody's day, I figured I can make his day at least once," said Jake.

A friendship Maricopa High School Principal Brian Winters is proud of.

“On a campus of 2,400 students, not every day there's something that's awesome and positive that happens. And this kind of showcases why people get into education, and the great things that can happen on a campus when people care about one another,” said Winters.

Matthew's truck now goes everywhere with him. His buddy Jake is never far behind.

“You’re a very special kid," said Jake.

“Aww thank you Jake,” said Matthew.

“You're welcome buddy,” said Jake.

 


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