A summer dance for persons with, or without, special needs is coming up, and it will be DJ'ed by a remarkable person.

A summer dance for persons with, or without, special needs is coming up, and it will be DJ'ed by a remarkable person.

Jonathan Perkins is a 30-year cancer survivor. He was born with brain cancer, and has been cancer-free since he was three-years-old, however, his health concerns continue to riddle him.

Debbie Perkins, Jonathan's mom, said he cannot read, he is legally deaf, talks a little bit slow, and takes extra time to think about what he wants to say. He has had 29 surgeries over the course of his life, removing tumors (including one in his liver), reconstructing his ear, and having eyes straightened, as a result of the tumors and of radiation side effects.

Jonathan still has some tumors in his brain to this day. His hearing aids are 20-years old and he can hear most sounds when he is wearing them. Debbie said he really needs new hearing aids but they are very expensive.

Despite these challenges, Jonathan got through the public school system's certificate program, graduating at age 21.

On a social level, Jonathan craves relationships with his peers. Debbie said it has been excruciating to see the bullying he has endured. "I've seen people beat him up, be mean to him, or just not want anything to do with him. It's excruciating."

Jonathan's older sister, Dorie Bailey, is very involved in his life. She is one of the round-the-clock caregivers who helps him at his apartment, where he has lived for about a year.

Jonathan loves music, said Debbie, and he DJ'ed for many years at Skate City in DeRidder, until it closed. Now he is the DJ for his own dance events, organized by Debbie.

From 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. on Friday, July 28, DJ Jonathan will entertain guests at his Summer Dance event, for anyone with (or without) any kind of special needs, and of all ages. 

This event is free to the public, and will take place at the Shriners Building at 105 North Washington Street in DeRidder. Hot dogs and other snacks will be provided by Jonathan and Debbie. 

For more information, call Debbie at 337-348-1329.