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Daily WOW: The world shows up for 9-year-old’s birthday

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The Daily Catch - published on 09/07/16

Gerald Hamilton recently celebrated his 9th birthday. He sent out invitations and even had a few RSVPs, but when the day of the party came Gerald and his family waited for hours for friends who never came:

As a result of multiple skull expansion surgeries, Gerald is slower at learning than his peers and experiences developmental delays. Sadly, Amelia was about to learn that While Gerald’s family tells him his differences makes him unique, his classmates and their families aren’t as accepting. The most devastating moment came when Gerald’s mom suggested they cut the cake — but Gerald asked to wait a little longer. He was still hopeful that at least one person would show. […] “When my daughter called the 12 parents to find out what was going on. Here is their response. ‘My child can’t play with yours he is just too different.’ How sad he is 9 he just wants to have friends. So no one came, no cards, no presents. So, it is my mission to have as many cards as I can mailed to my little guy. You can send them to me and I’ll make sure he gets them….this breaks my heart.”

The story has gone viral and now the boy has been receiving cards and gifts from as far as Vietnam and London.

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