After her mother turned to Facebook with a heartfelt plea after none of her daughter's 4th grade classmates were able to come to her birthday party, Mackenzie Moretter had a huge turnout at her 10th birthday party Saturday.
When Mackenzie turned one, she was diagnosed with a rare genetic condition called Sotos syndrome, marked by an enlarged skull, which led to surgery. It also causes developmental delays and speech problems.
BACKGROUND - Facebook plea after no RSVPs
Organizers had 11 hours to plan the big bash for the now 10-year-old Mackenzie. They had no clue how many people would show up. Hundreds of strangers and surprise guests showed up to show their support, and made new friends.
Jeanette Vandenberg has a child who can relate to Mackenzie "We do not know the family, we came out because Kyle went through some tough times like that too and I they've got awesome memories she will never forget this."
Donations came into the Moretter family faster than the organizers could count. There was everything from decorations, DJ, games, crafts, cake and BBQ.
Elsa from Frozen, Snoopy, Vikings wide receiver, Charles Johnson and Gopher star, now Buffalo Bills tight end, MarQueis Gray even showed up. Local firefighters even offered truck tours for kids.
Mackenzie's mother, Jenny was so grateful for all of the support she's received from strangers. "Chances are I won't be able to say hello to everyone who is here today, so thank you all for coming, but when all is said and done I cannot thank you enough for being here"
The mayor of Shakopee even declared today, "Mackenzie Moretter Day"
Despite any differences, all any kid wants is to be accepted, have friends and feel loved. Mackenzie Moretter Day turned out to be much more than a birthday party.
"I have a hard time making friends but thanks to you my voice was heard. I love you all."