When you’re a kid, there aren’t’ many more special days than celebrating a birthday.
For one special 10-year-old, it will be a day she will never forget.
On Tuesday, Mackenzie Moretter turned 10. But days before the planned birthday party, all of the invited guests turned down her invitation.
“I was sad that no one was coming,” Mackenzie said with pain in her eyes.
So her mom, Jenny Moretter posted a message on Facebook.
Jenny Moretter said she hoped at least 10 friends in her circle would attend the party and bring girls Mackenzie’s age. But Mackenzie received so much more.
Vikings player Charles Johnson and his family attended, Elsa from Frozen left her castle to celebrate and hundreds of strangers spent the afternoon with the girl who was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, Sotos Syndrome when she was 1.
Her dad, Matthew Moretter, says a tumor fused to her spine is how doctor’s discovered her condition.
“It causes gigantism where kids grow at a faster pace. So Mackenzie is a lot taller than other classmates,” he said. “Kids are friendly to her, but she doesn’t have friends. No one calls and talks to her. I’ll show up at her school and she will be playing alone.”
But the young girl, who had a DJ at her party, wasn’t alone Saturday.
The Mayor of Shakopee, Brad Tabke, proclaimed Saturday “Mackenzie Moretter Day” in the city.
Members of the Shakopee Fire Department stopped by, allowing the kids to tour their fire truck. Sam’s Club and Mr. Pigs Stuffed BBQ and Catering donated food beverages to serve 250. At least 300 attended.
“From the moment Mackenzie has been born, she’s made a unique mark on the world. She’s been a light to everyone that knows her,” Jenny Moretter wrote on the party’s Facebook event page on Sunday. “This is why in planning her party, I was so taken aback when individuals didn’t RSVP.”
“I have a hard time making friends in school, but thanks to all of you … my voice was heard,” Mackenzie told the crowd. “I love you all.”
From every corner, strangers came bearing presents for Mackenzie, who wore a blouse bearing the words “courage” and “kind.”
Turns out, the soon to be 10-year-old gave everyone at her party a gift.
“Thank you for reminding us how we should treat each other every day,” a spokesperson with the mayor’s office told her.
A Go Fund Me account created for Mackenzie raised more than $2,100. Her family will donate some of that money to Sotos Syndrome research.
The Facebook post
“Hello moms. I’m writing because I have a beautiful daughter named Mackenzie who is turning 10. I recently invited several girls to her birthday party this Saturday. I got cancellations or no calls at all saying whether they’re coming or not. My daughter has Sotos Syndrome which means she has development delays such as speech and learning. At school she struggles and is often alone on the playground. As a mother, it is heartbreaking being you want your children to be happy. I’m reaching out to moms who have daughters between the age of 9-11 that would love to come to a birthday party tomorrow from 11-1:30. You don’t have to bring gifts or stay long, just stop by and wish her a happy birthday. As of now, I have two girls coming which is family. She would be so surprised to have other girls just show up. If you are interested please send me a pm and I’ll give you my address. Thank you all for reading a mother’s wish!”