(CNN)At just 4 years old, Raiden Gonzalez has lost both his parents. Coronavirus stole their lives four months apart, leaving Raiden with only a few years' worth of memories to cherish for a lifetime.
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With Raiden's birthday on Sunday, Margie Bryant -- the boy's great-aunt, whom he lovingly also calls grandma -- and her family wanted to find a way to make sure the boy knows how much he is loved, especially in the absence of his parents, she told CNN.
A "wave and roar" dinosaur-themed drive-by parade is set for November 28, organized by Bryant, who lives in Houston. A local fire department, a Batman entertainer, monster truck clubs, motorcycle clubs and classic car clubs are all due to participate.
"It's a milestone birthday," Bryant said. "We just want him (Raiden) to know that we're going to be there for all of his birthdays and make sure he's celebrated, and I know my niece has the cheesiest grin because she knows her boy is in good hands."
Raiden lives in San Antonio, and his maternal grandmother, Rozie Salinas, has taken him in, Bryant said.
Beyond Raiden's happiness, Bryant's wish is for others to take the coronavirus threat seriously.
"I can't say it enough ... I know what it (coronavirus) has done to us, and I know the hurt that we feel, the void that it has left in our hearts, this little boy who doesn't have his mom and dad now," she said. "You hear about the deaths, but you don't ever really hear about the people left behind, and in this instance, it's a 4-year-old."
Texas has reported the highest number of coronavirus cases of any state in the country, and the national death toll is quickly approaching 250,000.
Raiden's father, Adan Gonzalez Jr., 33, started a new job as a cement truck driver on May 12, Bryant said. His trainer tested positive for Covid-19, and by May 31, Adan began experiencing what he described to his family as allergy-like symptoms.
On June 3, he tested positive for Covid-19, and six days later, paramedics took him to the ICU, where he spent a little over two weeks before passing away on June 26.
Raiden's mother, Mariah Gonzalez, 29, broke the news of his father's passing, and though difficult, Raiden understood that Adan had been ill, Bryant said.
Both Adan and Mariah, a toddler teacher at a day care center, had been taking necessary precautions at work by wearing face masks, Bryant said.
After losing her husband, Mariah dealt with depression and anxiety, her aunt said. But her physical health seemed fine.