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Jacob's super sweet 16

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TUCSON (WKOW) -- A Tucson teenager born with spina bifida has survived the incredible odds against him and celebrated a milestone birth Sunday.

Jacob Mockbee received thousands of birthday cards from people around the world; 4,600 to be exact.

Jacob's parents asked the people in their community to help make Jacob's big day special by sending him a birthday card and said they never would have guessed the kind of response they got.

"We never imagined it could be anything like this," Stacie Mockbee, Jacob's mom said. "We weren't sure we would ever reach 1,600 cards."

But the love didn't stop in Tucson. People from around the country, and the world, sent their well-wishes to Jacob on his sweet 16th. From Michigan to Germany, even some celebrities got in on the fun.

Jacob's birthday fell on Father's Day this year, and he was grateful to share the day with his dad. Jeff Mockbee said he wouldn't have it any other way.

"I know he's had a long battle, but he continues to have just a positive outlook on life," Jeff said. "As a dad, that's the best gift I could ever get."

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