RICHLAND, MI – A mother set up a Facebook page to show her son that he is loved on his 11th birthday. The “Happy Birthday Colin” Facebook page now has over 2.1 million likes and countless messages of love and encouragement. Colin didn’t know about the viral campaign until Friday. The surprise was revealed on television.
Colin called that day “really big and confusing day” and explained it took a while for him to fully comprehend what had happened. He suffers from sensory-processing disorder. It is similar to Aspergers syndrome and makes it difficult for him to socialize. It can also make it difficult for him to make friends. This is one of the reasons his mother started the Facebook page.
“I’m sorry you didn’t see my big reaction on TV because when I was off cameras I was really excited when I figured it out. But I’d like to thank you, the 2.1 million of you, just supporting me in this and liking my Facebook page that I didn’t even know about at the time,” Colin said.
In the YouTube video, Colin also offered to sign autographs or take pictures with any of the new friends he encounters along the way.