An autistic girl was left 'crying into her birthday cake' as she celebrated her 18th birthday alone after none of her friends turned up to her party.
Hallee Sorenson from Maine, US, had invited all her friends and classmates to help celebrate her special day with bowling and ice cream cake, in July last year.
But now, almost 12 months on, a picture of the girl sitting 'heartbroken' and alone at her birthday table has gone viral, after her cousin shared the photo on Facebook in the hope that Hallee won't have to celebrate alone ever again.
Devastating: Hallee Sorrenson invited all her friends and classmates to her 18th birthday party last year but was forced to sit alone at her table when none of them turned up
Rebecca Lyn used the power of social media to spread the word about her cousin's sad story, pleading with others to send a birthday card to make this year's celebration 'incredible'.
'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!
Rescue: Hallee's cousin Rebecca Lyn took to Facebook to make sure this year's birthday was a different story
'Not a single one': Ms Lyn described how an excited Hallee sat waiting for her friends but was left 'heartbroken and beyond sad'
'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.'
Ms Lyn wrote the post on Wednesday and it has gone viral over the 48 hours since, receiving more than 120,000 shares.
She said not only would the show of support give her young cousin a mental boost, but it would also put a smile on the face of Hallee's mum.
'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 grateful,' Ms Lyn said.
'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.'
It seems Hallee can expect an influx of well wishes, with respondents pledging to send everything from jewellery to t-shirts.
However Ms Lyn has insisted that a simple, thoughtful card 'will be just fine'.
The main thing, she said, is that this 'beautiful young woman' has a smile on her face when her birthday comes around this year.