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Facebook birthday wishes keep pouring in for Richland boy

The loading screen of the Facebook application on a mobile phone is seen in this photo illustration taken in Lavigny May 16, 2012. REUTERS/V
The loading screen of the Facebook application on a mobile phone is seen in this photo illustration taken in Lavigny May 16, 2012. REUTERS/V

RICHLAND, MI (WTVB) - In Kalamazoo County, a boy told his mother in Richland not to plan a birthday party for him this year because he has no friends to invite.  He has over a million now but doesn’t know it yet. Colin Cunningham has a condition similar to Asperger’s and finds it difficult to make friends. His mom Jennifer had an idea to drum up some virtual friends for the 10-year-old who is going on 11, by setting up a Facebook page with a simple message, that Colin is lonely and needs encouragement. 

She got an immediate response, one hundred likes the first day and then 200 the next day. She said she couldn’t believe it. That was two weeks ago and as it’s gotten more coverage, it continues to explode. It now has 1.6-million “likes”.  She is trying to keep it a secret from the boy, until his birthday which is March 9th... so whatever you do, don’t tell Colin.   

 

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