Police; Facebook friends give 12 year-old his first big birthday bash

Logan Pearson, and police officer friend at his 12th Birthday Bash

Logan Pearson is turning 12 on February 24th and for the first time in his life, with the help of Facebook friends and area police; he celebrated his birthday in a grand style.

As reported by CBS Boston, this past Saturday, Logan, a severely autistic and non-verbal boy from Andover got the birthday bash any twelve year old would love.

Logan’s Sister, Cloey said  “In the past we’d like take him out to ice cream or something.  But now it’s like the big day for him.”

“As far as his birthdays in the past, they’ve always been a sad quiet day,” Logan’s said Logan’s mom, Catherine. She indicated throwing a traditional party was never really possible, but she decided to do something different to mark his twelfth birthday.

Turning to Facebook the post went viral when she asked for birthday cards and wishes. Logan wound up not only with thousands of messages and buckets of cards , but a very big admirer at the Cambridge Police Department.

Cambridge police officer Steven Bikofsky  said “(The post) was brought to my attention by my better half, my girlfriend.  When I realized he was in Andover, I knew he was a special boy and I figured we’d do something special for him.”

Officer Bikofsky planned a surprise birthday celebration for Logan at the North Andover Fuddruckers with cake, gifts, and Police from 10 different departments across Massachusetts joining in to celebrate.

Andover police Lt. Edward Guy said, “If it didn’t tug at your heart strings, you didn’t have a heart.”

Logan was given the VIP treatment of police cruisers in a motorcade escort to the celebration.

“It just exploded into this police escort to just show Logan how important he is,” beamed Catherine. “I just can’t believe it.”

“Logan is loved around the world, so it’s not a sad birthday anymore,” said Catherine, who was humbled by the generosity and the birthday party for her son which was 12 years in the making.

To see video of Logan’s party click here.

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Happy Birthday Colin! The world embraces autistic boy for a spectacular birthday surprise

Happy Birthday Colin!

Colin’s 11th birthday is March 9. He loves the playing with his Nintendo Ds, watching the show “Dr. Who”,  recording videos of  humorous observations and aspires to be a comedian someday. But unlike most 5th graders,  he was not excited when his mother asked him if he wanted to have a birthday party. Instead he said he had no friends to invite and there was no point in having a party.

Broken hearted, this Kalamazoo, Michigan mom, Jennifer, was determined to show her son that people cared for him on his birthday and she turned to Facebook to create “Happy Birthday Colin”,  a page with the intention of showing him on his birthday.

“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,” Jennifer wrote on the Facebook page. “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.”

As reported by Wood TV, Colin was diagnosed with sensory processing disorders to Aspergers Syndrome and another about a year ago. Because of his disorder, Colin has difficulty socializing with others and tends to act out in certain situations. In the  interview, Jennifer stated “Things like lights and sound and changes will cause him to melt down”. “When you put a bunch of 10 year olds and one who acts like that, and they are all going, “What’s wrong with that kid?” You know, it’s hard.”

She was hoping to get about 50 responses from family and friends, but in the first week alone she received not only an overwhelming outpouring of love and support from all over the world for her son, but the Facebook page had garnered over 50,000 likes. The page has gone viral and now “Happy Birthday Colin” have over 1 million likes

Colin has no idea of the page’s existence and his mom is planning to keep the secret for almost another month until his birthday. She plans to post a video recording to the Facebook page to share his reaction with all of his new friends.

“He’s going to have a lot of friends after this,” Jennifer said. “They may not live by him, but he’s going to have a lot of friends.”

Jennifer also posted a mailing address for those who would like to send their birthday wishes to Colin. If you would like to send Colin a birthday wish, you can write to:

PO Box756
Richland, MI 49083-0756

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