Rebecca Lyn was heartbroken on her autistic cousin's birthday last year. Though Hallee Sorenson had invited friends and classmates to go bowling and eat ice cream to celebrate her 18th birthday, not a single person showed up.
So Rebecca was determined not to let that happen again this year.
She shared the sad photo of Hallee eating her cake by herself at the bowling alley to her Facebook page, with an impassioned plea to her friends and followers to make her 19th birthday a truly happy one.
"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," Rebecca wrote. "If you could find it in your heart to take a few minutes out of your day and send her a card, I would be forever grateful."
The emotional post reminded everyone of Hallee's humanity, and that no one deserves to be alone on their birthday.
"Hallee is an amazing person-a person I am proud to be related to," she wrote. "She is also a person who just happens to have Autism."
Seeing as it's been shared more than 138,000 times, it's clear that it touched people from all over the world.
Thousands have now pledged to support her on her birthday, promising to send her not only cards, but also gifts like jewelry and clothing.
Beautiful! We can't think of anyone more deserving.