Boy With Autism Needs For Pals, Receives 50,000 Messages For His Birthday
Daniel Harrison is a 15 year old boy from Nottingham, England with autism. At school he was instructed to write down two important things he wanted to accomplish.
His answer was to drive a car and make friends. His father, Kevin Harrison, said he was shocked to see Daniel wanted to make friends, as children with autism often prefer to play alone than with others. Daniel never said he wanted friends, nor did they think he understood the theory of friendship.
Harrison wanted to help his son, so he went on Twitter to share his son’s wishes for his 15th birthday.
Daniel is my son. Deeply autistic. Has no boyfriend. Today is his birthday. In his ECHP, he wrote that his two wishes were to learn to drive and make friends 😣 Please wish him a happy birthday. Please show him that you care. Please share. ## happybirthday #autism #rt pic.twitter.com/Psu97TSj6g
– Kev & Daniel’s #autism trip (& Bruce 😉) (@kevharrison_) September 29, 2021
“Daniel is my son. Deeply autistic. Has no boyfriend. Today is his birthday. In his ECHP, he wrote that his two desires were to learn to drive and make friends. Please wish him a happy birthday. Please show him that you care. Please share, ”he wrote next to a picture of his wishes and a picture of Daniel.
It wasn’t long before his tweet went viral and eventually became the most popular US trending topic on Twitter. The tweet has more than 124,000 likes, 20,000 retweets and 54,000 replies.
One of those 54,000 answers was Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in Star Wars.
For my friend Daniel: 🎂 pic.twitter.com/gBIzuEb9Sk
– Mark Hamill (Mar🐫) (@HamillHimself) September 29, 2021
“For my friend Daniel,” he wrote with a birthday cake emoji and a GIF that said “The Force is strong with this one.”
“That means a lot,” Harrison tweeted back. “For me as an 8-year-old. And for my son who adores you. And for everyone with autism. “
Other celebrities responded to Harrison’s tweet, including Russell Crowe, Sharon Stone, and Ariel Winter. Many other answers came from parents who also have children with special needs.
Daniel was overjoyed when he saw how many people from all over the world wished him a happy birthday.
Photo: YouTube / CBS News
Harrison told CBS News that the tweet and story only show that there are “many beautiful, lovable people in the world.”
He hopes Daniel’s story will give people a sense of comfort. “Never feel alone,” he told CBS News. “Because that’s how I felt and I know other families will. You’re not alone. Just that, people love you. “