Mackenzie Moretter just wanted to have a normal 10th birthday party, but when all of the kids she invited canceled, her mom decided to make a desperate plea on Facebook to get someone — anyone — to come and celebrate with the family.
That’s when something incredible happened.
The mom’s post went viral through the Twin Cities in Minnesota, prompting hundreds of people to pitch in to give Mackenzie a birthday party she will never forget.
Mackenzie isn’t just an average school girl. When she was a baby, doctors diagnosed her with Sotos Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that did not allow her skull to form completely, leaving her with brain damage.
Mackenzie Moretter has also had problems making friends in school. Her mother, Jenny Moretter, said Mackenzie gets along well with other students during the school day but has a hard time making friends.
Mackenzie’s dad, Matthew Moretter, explained that her condition makes it difficult for her to make friends.
“It causes gigantism where kids grow at a faster pace. So Mackenzie is a lot taller than other classmates,” he said. “Kids are friendly to her, but she doesn’t have friends. No one calls and talks to her. I’ll show up at her school and she will be playing alone.”
Jenny said she had tried to throw parties for Mackenzie in the past, but no one showed up. So when she received no RSVPs again this year, she decided to take action.
“I thought to myself, it is not going to happen again this year,” she said.
So Jenny Moretter took to Facebook, calling on families with kids around Mackenzie’s age to come out for the party.
She wrote as follows.
“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 message quickly went viral, prompting a response Jenny never expected. More than 300 people showed up for Mackenzie’s party, including Minnesota Vikings player Charles Johnson and his family and Elsa from the movie Frozen.
There was still more. The mayor of Mackenzie’s town showed up, proclaiming Saturday as “Mackenzie Moretter Day,” and members of the fire department stopped by to give all the kids tours of the fire truck. The local Sam’s Club and Mr. Pigs Stuffed BBQ and Catering brought food and drinks to serve 250.
A news crew even showed up to interview Mackenzie, and in the day after the party, her family has been contacted by media outlets across the globe.
After the incredible birthday party, Mackenzie Moretter and her family are now giving back. A GoFundMe account created for Mackenzie has raised close to $3,000, and her family said part of that will be donated toward Sotos Syndrome research.
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