A woman whose cousin was left crying into her birthday cake when no one turned up for her 18th birthday has launched a campaign which has now gone viral to ensure she has a better birthday this year.

Hallee Sorenson from Maine in the US invited all her friends and classmates for some bowling to celebrate her birthday in July last year but no one came, news.com.au reported.

A heartbreaking photo of the girl sitting alone with a party hat on promoted her cousin, Rebecca Lyn to ensure she doesn't suffer the same fate again this year.

The post has since been shared more than 130,000 times and while Ms Lyn has asked for a simple birthday card, Facebook users have promised to send everything from jewellery to T-shirts.

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"She is 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," Ms Lyn wrote. "Hallee sat at her party anxiously waiting for her friends to arrive so they could have fun ... but Hallee's friends would never arrive. Not a single one. But you can help make this years birthday incredible!"

"I would love to flood her mailbox with birthday cards, from all over! Hal loves getting mail - this would be the best birthday gift she could ask for," she wrote. "This would mean a lot to her mother as well, for as you can imagine, watching your child cry into her birthday cake breaks your heart."

Here's hoping Hallee has a much better birthday come July.

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EVERYONE PLEASE READ:: I NEED A FAVOR
This is my cousin Hallee. I'd like to tell you a little bit about her... First off, she is a beautiful young woman-both inside and out. She lights up a room with her smile.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 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. A fun fact is that Hallee's Birthday is fast approaching! And this is where I have a favor to ask of all of you....

Below is a picture of Hallee last year at her 18th birthday party. She had been so excited to have a party with her friends. She wanted to go bowling, have fun, and eat cake and Ice Cream. Invitations went out to her classmates at school and to other friends in the area. Hallee sat at her party anxiously waiting for her friends to arrive so they could have fun....but Hallee's friends would never arrive. Not a single one. Below is the picture of her celebrating alone - eating her birthday cake. My cousin is a beautiful young woman who will always have the mind of a child...so as you can imagine, she was heartbroken and beyond sad. She was hurt...

But you can help make this years birthday incredible!! I would love to flood her mailbox with birthday cards, from all over! Hal loves getting mail- this would be the best birthday gift she could ask for. If you could find it in your heart to take a few mins out of your day and send her a card, I would be forever greatful. This would mean a lot to her mother as well, for as you can imagine, watching your child cry into her birthday cake breaks your heart. If there is anyone who deserves a great birthday, this is the girl. Feel free to share this post!

Hallee's 19th Birthday is in July

Address:
Hallee Sorenson
34 Wellesley Way
Bangor, ME 04401

Please help us make this birthday memorable.
Thank you,
Becky

::::;UPDATE::::: Many people are asking about sending gifts. This is incredibly sweet of all of you and my family is very appreciative. That being said, gifts truly aren't necessary. A nice card would be just fine!!! Thank you so much.

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