‘Happy Birthday’ Facebook Page For Boy With Asperger’s Gets Over 100K 'Likes'
A Michigan mom decided to give her son an eleventh birthday he would never forget after he told her that he had no friends.
Jennifer’s son, Colin, was diagnosed with Asperger’s last year, a mild form of autism that has made it hard for him to make friends at school.
“We were talking about his birthday coming up and I had mentioned it a few times and he said he didn’t want a party," Jennifer told Wood TV. "And I said, ‘Why don’t you want a party?’ [He said,] ‘Mom, who am I going to invite? I don’t have any friends.'"
All of the kids at school “don’t like me,” and “make fun of me,” Colin told his mom.
Not wanting to disappoint Colin on his birthday, his mom then created a Facebook page entitled “Happy Birthday Colin.”
The mother of two hoped to get about 50 responses from friends and family but was shocked when she got many more.
In a matter of one week, the page had more than 8,600 "likes." It now has over 100,000 Facebook likes as of Tuesday. People all over the world are now wishing Colin a happy birthday.
“He eats lunch alone in the office everyday because no one will let him sit with them, and rather than force someone to be unhappy with his presence, he sits alone in the office,” Jennifer explained on the page.
“So I thought, if I could create a page where people could send him positive thoughts and encouraging words, that would be better than any birthday party. Please join me in making my very original son feel special on his day,” she added.
Colin still doesn’t know about the page, as his mom plans to unveil it to him on his birthday, March 9.