Heartbreaking Photo of Teen Celebrating 18th Birthday, Alone, Goes Viral (Action Plan)

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*What could be sadder than being lonely? Being lonely on your birthday. This is what happened to an 18-year old girl , and her cousin took a photo of her sitting among balloons and party treats, waiting for all the friends she had invited to show up.

They never did.

But the strangest thing happened after Rebecca Lin posted the sad photo on the internet on Tuesday: It touched the hearts of absolute strangers and quickly went viral.

As of this writing the shares alone stands at 219,019.

Hallee, described by her cousin as a beautiful young woman inside and out,” who “lights up a room with her smile,” has autism. No doubt she was very affected by the fact that her friends didn’t even think enough of her to show up and eat cake with her.

But talk about making lemonade out of lemons. Rebecca’s Facebook posts not only shares Hallee’s sad story, it gives those who want to make sure there is no repeat of it when her 19th birthday rolls around in July, a plan of action.

This experience can serve as a heads up. Experiences such as this can be depressing for anyone, but especially a teen, and even more so, a teen struggling with a disorder such as Autism. Be sure to always make A BIG DEAL out of your teens birthday. And acknowledge the birthdays of your parents, siblings and elders too.

We will definitely be sending a birthday card to Hallee in July! And wish her a HAPPY BIRTHDAY leading up to that special day.

Read that plan below the photo. 

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Halle waits alone for her friends to come and help her celebrate her 18th birthday.

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. Below 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 greatful. 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

Hallee Sorenson
34 Wellesley Way
Bangor, ME 04401

Please help us make this birthday memorable.
Thank you,

::::;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.




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