A Minnesota 10-year-old got something Saturday most kids take for granted but she thought she would never receive — people to come to her birthday party.
Mackenzie Moretter of Shakopee, Minn., suffers from Sotos syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that’s given her an enlarged skull and slows her development. As a result she finds it hard to make friends, according to local Fox affiliate KMSP.
Mackenzie’s mom planned a celebration for her 10th birthday and sent invitations to her daughter’s classmates. When everyone either begged off or didn’t even bother responding, she posted this heartbreaking message on Facebook:
Hello moms. I’m writing because I have a beautiful daughter named Mackenzie who is turning 10. I recently invited several girls to her birthday party this Saturday. I got cancellations or no calls at all saying whether they’re coming or not. My daughter has Sotos Syndrome which means she has development delays such as speech and learning. At school she struggles and is often alone on the playground. As a mother, it is heartbreaking being you want your children to be happy. I’m reaching out to moms who have daughters between the age of 9-11 that would love to come to a birthday party tomorrow from 11-1:30. You don’t have to bring gifts or stay long, just stop by and wish her a happy birthday. As of now, I have two girls coming which is family. She would be so surprised to have other girls just show up. If you are interested please send me a pm and I’ll give you my address. Thank you all for reading a mother’s wish!
The whole community sprang into action! Instead of getting the eight or 10 participants she’d hoped for, hundreds responded and the party had to be moved to a local park.
People donated food, gifts and party-planning services. The mayor even proclaimed Saturday to be “Mackenzie Moretter Day.”
Keighla’s Fresh Face Photography donated its services also, and took these photographs.
Special guests included “Elsa” from “Frozen.”
“Snoopy” the beagle also came to wish Mackenzie a happy birthday:
Check out more images at Keighla’s Fresh Face Photography Facebook page.
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