Michigan Boy Thought He Had No Friends. Now the Entire World Is Wishing Him Happy Birthday

A mom created a Facebook page for the entire world to wish her son, Colin, happy birthday. He turns 11 on March 9.

The profile photo from Colin's Happy Birthday Facebook page.
The profile photo from Colin's Happy Birthday Facebook page.
Colin, an 11-year-old boy in Michigan, used to eat lunch alone every day.
Now he has 325,000 friends — on Facebook. 

Colin's mom started a "Happy Birthday to Colin" page after she asked him if he wanted a birthday party and he responded that he had no friends, the Facebook page says. 

I created this page for my amazing, wonderful, challenging son who is about to turn 11 on March 9th. Because of Colin's disabilities, social skills are not easy for him, and he often acts out in school, and the other kids don't like him. So when I asked him if he wanted a party for his birthday, he said there wasn't a point because he has no friends. He eats lunch alone in the office everyday because no one will let him sit with them, and rather than force someone to be unhappy with his presence, he sits alone in the office. So I thought, if I could create a page where people could send him positive thoughts and encouraging words, that would be better than any birthday party. Please join me in making my very original son feel special on his day. 

The page quickly brought international attention and Colin has new friends from all over the world.

Please share this story and invite everyone you know to make Colin's 11th birthday one to remember. 
Roach Silverback February 12, 2014 at 07:14 AM
This is stupid!
Todd February 12, 2014 at 08:09 AM
Roach, why do you find this story stupid ?
Kevin Michael O'Connor February 12, 2014 at 08:16 AM
No soul.
Tosa Mom February 12, 2014 at 08:44 AM
Over a million likes now!
TS February 12, 2014 at 09:38 AM
Roach has probably never known a child with a disability and therefore doesn't understand just how hard it is for these kids to do things that most of us take for granted.This little boy is unable to communicate on a social level and has no friends.There is nothing stupid about that.His mother did a really cool thing and made her son happy on his birthday.Roach needs to educate himself on people with disabilities and have a little class the next time he comments on a article.
LolaBel February 12, 2014 at 09:56 AM
I think this is so far from stupid. What the world needs is a little more heart these days. Nice to have some happy news once and awhile. Thank you for sharing this story!
Deaette Dwyer February 12, 2014 at 10:13 AM
Don't address uneducated people who are just looking to stir up trouble from behind a key board and computer screen (Roach Silverback)! I can feel the broken heart pain of this mother. How sad for her boy to have to sit alone in the office at lunch with NO friends. It is hard to go through grade school let alone high school with cruel kids. Brovo mom, you did a wonderful thing ;) Just delete the STUPID people, who are looking to do nothing other than cause more pain because they are so unhappy themselves. Happy Birthday to your little man.
Greg Stroh February 12, 2014 at 10:24 AM
Last night on his page, I suggested everyone send him a dollar bill. That will make for one special birthday! There is an address at the top of his page. My dollar is going out today!
Lucitee February 12, 2014 at 12:32 PM
God don't make junk! So this young man has special gifts that has been completely hidden and untapped! Now that he has been "jump-started" with love, compassion, and warm thoughts, watch him grow into an unbelievable, contributing, rewarding, and inspiring "gift" to all the ones who are now his "friend! Thanks, Mom and Facebook!
Jane Wallgren February 12, 2014 at 05:13 PM
Happy birthday Colin, have a great day
Todd February 13, 2014 at 07:31 AM
Cody, jealous ? Don't worry, Jesus loves you too !
John Haydn Perks February 13, 2014 at 08:13 AM
Cody, if you are "different", then be proud. The run-of-the-mill herd members can be stupid and cruel. if you are unique then great, the world needs you. 'Bluenote'.
Jason M. February 13, 2014 at 08:38 AM
Pretty easy to pick out who the school yard bullies were. Trolling is for those whose lives are so insignificant that they have to try to bring others down to their level.
Kara Lee February 13, 2014 at 10:21 AM
I am an occupational therapist and I work with children like Colin here in the Tampa Bay Area who have Sensory Processing Disorder SPD, and other disabilities. I earned my master degree of OT at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo! Where Colin lives! Thanks for sharing this story and reminding us how small the world is and that we really can all be friends!
Tom Swift February 13, 2014 at 11:09 AM
With all due respect to the kid and his mom, Facebook friends are not real friends. If it gave the kid a boost, that's great. However, his underlying problems still remain and his behavior is likely to cause him to continue eating lunch alone. If the mom really want to help him, she should take him to a therapist, if she hasn't already.
Gneight B February 13, 2014 at 11:22 AM
The world needs Roaches to remind us why it is good to be us. If the world had more Roaches it would be a terrible place...but it's not, and the story proves it. Pay no attention to him.
Bob McBride February 13, 2014 at 01:28 PM
Cody I don't know if you missed this part, or what ::::::::::::::::: "Because of Colin's disabilities, social skills are not easy for him, and he often acts out in school, and the other kids don't like him." Obviously there's an issue with the boy that goes beyond him being a "loser". If the FB thing cheers him up for a little at a time in his life when other kids can be cruel and when the recognition that he is friendless is starting to sink in, I don't think there's really anything wrong with that. It wouldn't kill you to show a little human compassion every once in a while.
Bob McBride February 13, 2014 at 03:59 PM
How do we know she's not doing that, TP? This isn't exactly an in-depth examination of the boy's problems and what's being done to remedy them. It's one of those "good news" fluff pieces that anywhere else wouldn't end up being the featured article in the news area for a day and a half, like it was here on HalePatch. No real need to overthink it. Besides, it's time to move on to eating our way out of the winter doldrums by consuming mass quantities of asparagus.
Bob McBride February 13, 2014 at 05:42 PM
If you follow one of the links in the story, you'll see he's been diagnosed with something similar to autism or Asberger's syndrome. It's probably not too big a stretch to assume she didn't make that diagnosis on her own - as in she's sought professional help for him. Where possible, attempts are made to mainstream kids like that as much as possible. Given the kid's age and the tendency for kids in that age group to shun kids who are "different" in almost any way, I'm not sure what you think they she should be doing differently here. Take him out of school? Punish him? Medicate him?
Bob McBride February 13, 2014 at 07:22 PM
I don't know that it's obvious. It doesn't state how long this has been going on or if the situation is disruptive to other students in the classroom. The only thing that's obvious is that this article is light on detail and heavy on emotion. If you're an expert on the topic, perhaps you could contact her and offer her some helpful advice based on whatever additional pertinent information you're able to glean from further discussion.
® Cody Walker February 14, 2014 at 12:53 AM
Patch is a zombie so why give it life. Retards that like this crap on facebook while feeling like they are making a difference are also losers.
Greg Stroh February 14, 2014 at 01:14 AM
You have to love all the negative people in this World like the Tax Payor, Cody Walker, Bob McBride, The Pale Rider (Death), and the Tom Swift's. You all clearly were dealt a bad hand in life and you feel you must try and take away from what a mother did to try and make her sons birthday special. I'm sure she had no idea it would gather this much World wide attention. But with all this attention maybe things will change for Colin or just other student in this World, whom don't have the fortune of hanging out with a bunch of friends because they are slightly different than the "normal" kid in school.
Bob McBride February 14, 2014 at 07:00 AM
Greg, actually I was suggesting just the opposite. That it's ridiculous to look at this situation and label the boy a "loser" or suggest the mother isn't doing enough, based on the details in this story.
Sherri February 14, 2014 at 08:30 AM
My child now 22 was adopted perhaps with handicaps. Well she is, shocking how people obtain fake friends from facebook. My daughter talks and learns to meet others that way even volunteers and how dare others look at SSI monies or say retarded. What go's around comes around.
Eyesopen February 14, 2014 at 11:25 AM
Why can't we all just take a moment and pay it forward and show love and just say hello. Geez all the negative....take time to think positive instead....the reward is so much larger...in our hearts. Happy Valentines
Kate Zissos February 14, 2014 at 12:16 PM
To all the people spending their time making negative comments about a sweet idea for a sweet 10-year-old kid, I'm so happy you're not his parent. But you ARE the reason things like this are sweet -- Because there are crappy people with crappy attitudes out there. And it's so much easier to just be happy for someone. Keep your negativity to yourself. Nobody wants to hear it. ♡
margaret willis February 16, 2014 at 08:33 AM
Colin, although I'm much older than you, I don't have any friends (really). It's much harder when you get to be my age and don't have any friends. Sometimes, society looks down at people who are "different" (such as how attractive you are, how smart you are, how many friends you have, whether you're single, how much money you have, if you have a "disability", etc.). No matter how hard I tried (and I don't have a lot going against me), I cannot make any friends. People today only have time for themselves. People will contact me only when they are bored and have nothing else to do. Who needs that? Not me. Hold your head high, be yourself, and stand up for what you believe in. DO NOT conform to what other people think you should wear, how you should act, etc. Maintain high standards and don't be a follower.
® Cody Walker February 16, 2014 at 06:33 PM
Umm.... He's not reading this.....
margaret willis April 18, 2014 at 11:20 AM


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