All Melissa Camus wanted was for her soon-to-be 13-year-old son, Odin, to feel loved on his birthday. Odin, who has Asperger's, has trouble making friends and is constantly bullied at school. Though his mom sent out birthday invitations to 15 kids in his class, no one RSVP'd. So she decided to take him bowling on his big day and posted about her plans in a local Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, group on Facebook. Little did she know what would happen when she did.
Soon after posting her note, it went viral. More than 5,000 people RSVP'd to the event, Odin received
Heard about a sweet boy named Odin & his birthday. Really proud of Peterborough for making it special! Happy birthday, buddy! #odinbirthday— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) March 21, 2015
Wishing Odin a very happy 13th birthday today! Hope you have a great day. Bonne fête! #OdinBirthday— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) March 20, 2015
Happy birthday Odin! Wish I could be there to celebrate with you! #odinbirthday— Molly Ringwald (@MollyRingwald) March 21, 2015
Happy Birthday, Odin!— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) March 20, 2015
And from the look of things, Odin had the best birthday — ever!
"It's amazing how people care. I feel absolutely amazing," Odin said. But it is his mom who can't stop crying. "People are here because everyone knows a kid who struggles to fit in," Melissa said. "It's not new. It sucks for the kid. But everyone can relate. . . . You don't have to be bummed out — no matter how down you feel, there's always someone there. Always."