Strangers Step In To Save Autistic Boy's Birthday
It was his 13th Birthday and Odin Camus didn’t ask for much, only for a few of his 15 invited friends to accept his invite to ‘hang out’. When none of them got back to him, his tech savvy mum turned to the internet, receiving an amazing response.
Feeling worried that her son was not going to have any friends at his birthday, Odins mum turned to the internet and asked local mums to send birthday wishes to the fancy schmancy new phone she’d bought him for his birthday. Word got out and the internet turned out in full force to make Odin’s birthday thoroughly memorable.
She wrote: “hello ladies, a quick favour to ask. Some of you have seen my post about my son, Odin. His struggles with bullying, his difficulties with Aspergers. Well, today is his 13th birthday. And, unfortunately, not one kid rsvp’d to his birthday ‘hang out’ invite. I’m really struggling with finding a way to make today awesome for him, when it will just be us celebrating. A way to make him feel important. I have a balloon avalanche set up for when he wakes up, decorated the house a bit, and will take him for his favourite dinner (WhistleStop for poutine). Some gifts, and cheesecake.
My question is – can some of you perhaps text his schmancy new cell phone, and wish him happy birthday? I want his thirteenth birthday to feel special, and like people care about him. And, if any of you have suggestions about making his day awesome (so perhaps having his bday with just us isnt so lame). I’d love to hear the suggestion!!”
We don’t know about you, but that birthday alone sounds pretty fabulous. Who doesn’t like presents and cheesecake?
But word quickly spread, and Odin ended up receiving at least 5,000 text messages from strangers all across Canada and beyond.
Not long after, his story went viral on Twitter with the hastag #OdinBirthday trending worldwide.
Twitter in Canada estimated more than 11,000 birthday greetings for Odin were posted by Friday night.
Best wishes poured in from celebs including Elijah Wood, basketball team the Toronto Raptors and even the Prime Minister of Canada’s wife.
As for his actual real in-person birthday? Dozens of people stepped in to make Odin’s birthday a special night. He arrived at the bowling alley on Friday in a stretch limousine with reporters and photographers waiting.
Inside were not fifteen, but hundreds of local children with their parents, firefighters, police and childcare workers.
And everyone wanted a photo with the man of the hour. We’re sure he took some spectacular selfies with that new phone of his.
“It’s amazing how people care. I feel absolutely amazing,” he told the canoe.ca
His mum Melissa was overwhelmed by the reaction to Odin’s story.
“People are here because everyone knows a kid who struggles to fit in,” she said.
“It’s not new. It sucks for the kid. But everyone can relate.”
A very Happy Birthday Odin!