Heartbreaking photo of girl with autism alone on birthday goes viral; Facebook post asks for cards for next birthday

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BANGOR, Maine — A Facebook post that shows a girl sitting alone at her birthday party has gone viral for all the right reasons.

Rebecca Lyn shared the photo on Tuesday and said it shows her cousin, Hallee, last year at her 18th birthday party.

The Facebook post said:

“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.

“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…”

With Hallee’s 19th birthday approaching in July, Rebecca is asking everyone for a favor. She wants people to flood Hallee’s mailbox with birthday cards from all over.

Rebecca said Hallee loves getting mail and it would be the perfect gift to give her cousin.

Cards can be mailed to:

Hallee Sorenson
34 Wellesley Way
Bangor, ME 04401

As of Thursday evening, the post has been shared more than 85,000 times.

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