Wednesday 28 September 2016

Heartbreaking image of 18-year-old girl with autism celebrating her birthday alone after none of her friends showed up

Catherine Devine

Published 10/06/2016 | 18:34

The heartbreaking photo and Facebook post have gone viral. Photo: Facebook
The heartbreaking photo and Facebook post have gone viral. Photo: Facebook

A young girl with autism was left “crying into her birthday cake” when none of her friends showed up to her 18th birthday party.

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Hallee Sorenson from Bangor, Maine in the United States invited her classmates to go bowling and eat cake and ice-cream to celebrate turning 18 but nobody showed up.

“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,” said her cousin Rebecca Lyn on Facebook.

Hallee’s mother Allyson Seel-Sorenson took the heartbreaking photo of Hallee sitting alone in front of her cake with a party hat.

“I was hiding behind a pillar crying and sent the picture to my husband asking him what I should do. I didn't know what I should tell her,” Allyson told Daily Mail Australia.

Almost a year later, Hallee’s cousin Rebecca is sharing the photo of her cousin alone at her birthday in the hope that Hallee won’t have to spend her birthday alone again.

“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.

“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,” said Rebecca.

The main thing, she said, is that this “beautiful young woman” has a smile on her face when her birthday comes around this year.

“She has the mental age of a six-year-old child so this will be very exciting for her. She loves to get mail that is addressed to her,” said Allyson.

“People think that kids like Halle don't want to be included, they don't want to be invited places or have a party, but that's not true and she was devastated.”

Halle will be having a party at home with her family this year to mitigate the risk of no-one showing up.

They hope that this post will help people realise children with disabilities like Hallee want to be included too.

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