Bullied Boy Gets A Special B-Day Gift From Thousands Around The World
On his 13th birthday, Odin Camus was the most popular teenager in Canada.
Thanks to a viral social media post, thousands of people celebrated the day alongside the Peterborough, Ontario native and his mother.
After realizing no one RSVPed for Odin's March 20 birthday party at a local bowling alley, his mom, Melissa, felt desperate.
Her son has Asperger syndrome, meaning he often has trouble making lasting friendships and is the victim of cruel jokes.
So, instead of phoning classmates, the determined mother took to Facebook to share Odin's new phone number.
She hoped he'd get a few text message birthday wishes and attendees for his party.
Melissa wanted people, touched by Odin's story, to offer her son support.
Happy belated #odinbirthday ! His Mom's message got over 16,000 Birthday tweets & texts PLUS 250 people at his party! pic.twitter.com/B6QbHO3kOi — Jess Toso (@TosoRadio) March 23, 2015
PtboCanada, which documents newsworthy trends in Peterborough, picked up the story and began spreading it under the tag #OdinBirthday.
#odinbirthday arrives 2 bowl & greeted throng of wellwishers @thewolfca @1005FreshRadio @Ptbo_Canada @petedalliday pic.twitter.com/QkWov8n6Pj — Carey Walker (@CWalker1015) March 21, 2015
As more and more people read about Odin's birthday, the messages poured in.
What a night! Awesome turnout for an amazing guy. #odinbirthday pic.twitter.com/EbwgeFHMJa — Keri Ferguson (@KeriFerg) March 21, 2015
The teen told CTV he received over 4,000 texts from around the world.
A little girl made this cake and dropped it off! @Ptbo_Canada Is the best city in the world!! #odinbirthday pic.twitter.com/iIzHLE9mu1 — Whistle Stop (@WhistleStopLife) March 20, 2015
Moreover, hundreds showed up to his party.
#odinbirthday Happy Birthday!!!! from your friends in Green :) pic.twitter.com/PB6R5drJXg — D-Man (@madtuxca) March 21, 2015
Those who couldn't be there in person sent messages of support.
Happy 13th Birthday to our new friend Odin! Help him celebrate #Peterborough: http://t.co/5UqIVQBUmx #OdinBirthday pic.twitter.com/PJpdB9mBpH — Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) March 20, 2015
Even professional sports teams joined in.
Happy birthday Champ! #OdinBirthday pic.twitter.com/O4pnnuK78O — Wally Buono (@GM_Brillo) March 21, 2015
Odin was one of the most popular Canadians on Twitter.
The count is in - more than 32,000 #odinbirthday tweets! http://t.co/njIAOXlJZV pic.twitter.com/XsMyHKhmvs — Twitter Canada (@TwitterCanada) March 23, 2015