Michigan boy with no friends gets surprise birthday party on ‘GMA’
By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Mar 7, 2014
A Michigan boy who didn’t want to have a birthday party because he had no friends to invite may be re-thinking his popularity.
In addition to tens of thousands of birthday cards sent by strangers, and more than two million likes on a Facebook page set up to honor his big day, the final surprise for Colin was a surprise party on “Good Morning America” Friday, complete with balloons, cake, a marching band and the gift of a free trip to Disney World for the boy and his family.
He was brought to “Good Morning America” thinking he was there to test out a new video game.
Colin, who lives with his family near Kalamazoo, Mich., has a condition similar to Asperger’s syndrome that makes forging friendships difficult.
After 10-year-old Colin squashed plans for a party, his mom, Jennifer, sprung into action last month. She created a “Happy Birthday Colin” Facebook page saying she wanted friends and family to “send Colin virtual birthday wishes so that on his 11th birthday, March 9, Colin can see how much he is loved,” reports ABC News. “The page went viral so quickly that Jennifer had to purchase a P.O. box to accommodate the more than 10,000 birthday cards sent to Colin each day. Today, two days before Colin’s birthday, the page has more than two million ‘Likes.’”
Colin, along with his mother, father, and younger sister, will leave today for a weekend trip to Disney World in Florida, where he will celebrate his 11th birthday on Sunday, ABC reports.