Lonely birthday girl overwhelmed with cards

OXFORD, MA (NECN) – A photo of a Maine teenager sitting by herself at her birthday party is going viral and prompting people to send her cards.

The photo of 18-year-old Hallee Sorenson was shared on Facebook by her cousin, Rebecca Guildford of Oxford, Massachusetts, who wrote that Hallee has autism.

She described the heartbreaking scene at Sorenson’s last birthday party — the teen had sent invitations to classmates and other friends, and was excited to go bowling with them.

“Hallee is funny, sweet, caring, smart, an athlete, a jigsaw puzzle champion, a wonderful student, and a best friend to all. Hallee is an amazing person — a person I am proud to be related to,” she wrote. “She is also a person who just happens to have Autism. She has never let that small detail define who she is as a person — which is why I refuse to use it as something to describe her.”

Guildford wants her cousin’s next birthday, in July, to be special. She is asking people reading her Facebook post to send birthday cards.

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