HOOPER -- Karson Riggs' mother Jody didn't need to ever hear her son speak to be totally moved by his sweet spirit and vast intelligence.
That's why Jody Riggs is so grateful for every day he was alive, to share his influence with not just her but the entire community.
There are many stories about how the terminally ill boy, who lived just 2 1/2 years, changed the way many saw the world around them.
"He brought the whole community together," Riggs said. "There were so many miracles that came about because of people making efforts to help him."