An almost-11-year-old Michigan boy who told his mom he had no friends to invite to his birthday party got the surprise of a lifetime today on “Good Morning America.”
Colin, who lives with his family near Kalamazoo, Mich., was feted with an early birthday blowout in Times Square featuring the Rutgers University marching band, a giant cake and even a trip to Disney World.
“Really surprised,” Colin said of his reaction, especially because he thought he was visiting “GMA” to test a new video game.
The roots of the live TV surprise were planted last month by Colin’s mom, Jennifer, who created a “Happy Birthday Colin” Facebook page for her son after he told her he did not want a birthday party.
Jennifer, who asked that her family’s last name not be used, wrote on the page that 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.”
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 2 million “Likes.”
Since Jennifer created the page in February, she has kept it a secret from Colin, who has a condition similar to Asperger’s syndrome that makes forging friendships difficult.
Today, Colin saw the Facebook page with hundreds of thousands of birthday wishes just for him on a big screen in “GMA’s” Times Square studio.
Colin, along with his mother, father, Brook, and younger sister, Ella, will leave today for a weekend trip to Disney World in Florida, where he will celebrate his 11th birthday on Sunday.