You do not hear stories like this everyday but when you do it certainly brings a tear to your eye. 10 year old Mackenzie has Sotos Syndrome and every year her mom Jenny Moretter tries to throw her the best party ever only to get cancellations.
This year she was determined to make it happen and after receiving cancellations from a few girls and no response from others for her daughters party this year, she posted the following message on Facebook:
After posting her message in a few places what happened on the day of Mackenzie’s party was enough to believe in humanity again:
Mackenzie’s mother, Jenny Moretter, told ABC News today that her daughter has Sotos syndrome, a form of gigantism that causes kids with it to grow faster, experience speech and learning delays and have social disabilities.
“I originally invited 10 girls three weeks prior, but we got two cancellations and the other girls’ moms didn’t RSVP at all,” said Moretter, 38. “It’s happened to her on previous birthdays where she would end up sitting alone with family. I didn’t want it to happen to my daughter again this year.”
Last Friday, Moretter posted on several local community Facebook pages inviting families with daughters Mackenzie’s age to stop by.
She thought maybe 15 girls would show up, but more than 400 people came throughout the day, including Minnesota Vikings player Charles Johnson and his family, “Elsa” and “Snoopy” from a local amusement park, and local firemen, she said.
“There was a DJ, arts and crafts tables, balloons for kids, a bubble machine where kids could run through, and local businesses donated food and supplies,” Moretter said. “I was amazed at how quickly the community pulled together this huge birthday party in less than 24 hours.”