For kids and adults on the Autism spectrum, navigating daily life can be a huge struggle. 18-year-old Hallee knows the battle all too well. Last year for her birthday, Hallee invited dozens of her friends and classmates, but she found herself alone when none of her friends showed up.
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She was understandably heartbroken. But, instead of letting history repeat itself, her cousin came up with a plan and took it to Facebook. The post has since gone viral for all the right reasons and been shared over 200,000 times!
The plea and the response is beautiful. Read below:
This is my cousin Hallee. I’d like to tell you a little bit about her… First off, she is a beautiful young woman-both inside and out. She lights up a room with her smile.Hallee is funny, sweet, caring, smart, an athlete, a jigsaw puzzle champion, a wonderful student, and a best friend to all. Hallee is an amazing person-a person I am proud to be related to.
She is also a person who just happens to have Autism.
She has never let that small detail define who she is as a person-which is why I refuse to use it as something to describe her. A fun fact is that Hallee’s Birthday is fast approaching! And this is where I have a favor to ask of all of you….
Below is a picture of Hallee last year at her 18th birthday party. She had been so excited to have a party with her friends. She wanted to go bowling, have fun, and eat cake and Ice Cream.
Invitations went out to her classmates at school and to other friends in the area. Hallee sat at her party anxiously waiting for her friends to arrive so they could have fun….but Hallee’s friends would never arrive. Not a single one.
(Above) is the picture of her celebrating alone – eating her birthday cake. My cousin is a beautiful young woman who will always have the mind of a child…so as you can imagine, she was heartbroken and beyond sad. She was hurt…
But you can help make this years birthday incredible!!
I would love to flood her mailbox with birthday cards, from all over! Hal loves getting mail- this would be the best birthday gift she could ask for. If you could find it in your heart to take a few mins out of your day and send her a card, I would be forever grateful. This would mean a lot to her mother as well, for as you can imagine, watching your child cry into her birthday cake breaks your heart.
If there is anyone who deserves a great birthday, this is the girl. Feel free to share this post!
Hallee’s 19th Birthday is in July.
34 Wellesley Way
Bangor, ME 04401
Please help us make this birthday memorable.
::::;UPDATE::::: Many people are asking about sending gifts. This is incredibly sweet of all of you and my family is very appreciative. That being said, gifts truly aren’t necessary. A nice card would be just fine!!! Thank you so much.
What a wonderful way to make this young lady’s day! Feel free to join along in wishing Hallee a happy birthday by sending her a card. The more, the merrier as they say.
Share and spread hope for Hallee and anyone you know that has ever felt alone.
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