A Houston boy named Max was absolutely devastated when only one of the 30 friends he invited to his birthday party showed up on June 30.
His mother, Susann, had planned the party for the 7-year-old and his friends at a nearby trampoline park, and had high hopes for her little man’s celebration.
However, when just one friend and his sister showed up, Max was totally heartbroken.
Susann said most people didn’t even RSVP, so she wrote a letter to the 94.5FM radio station, asking them to remind parents to RSVP.
But the discouraged mama never expected that the radio station would actually read her letter on the air AND that the Houston Cosplay for Charity would hear the broadcast.
Superheroes like Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, Catwoman and more suited up to give max the “do-over” birthday celebration of a lifetime a month later. And this party couldn’t have been any more different than the last!
Forty people came to the second party, including the volunteer cosplayers and a few friends who couldn’t make it the first time.
Max was absolutely STUNNED when he walked in on the totally unexpected surprise.
The overwhelming expression of joy was written ALL over his face as he hugged each superhero who came into the room.
The woman who dressed as Wonder Woman, Brandi Coatsworth, had reached out to Susann after hearing about Max’s tear-jerking story, and the two planned the extravaganza together. The trampoline park even gave the second party for free!
“Anyone who knows Max and his story was just heartbroken for him,” said Susann. “He’s such a great, kind kid that it’s hard to hear something like that happened. When [the radio show] forwarded Brandi’s email, I was floored. I had no idea something like that would or could happen,” she added.
But the charity cosplayers couldn’t have been happier to see that huge smile plastered on Max’s face at the sight of his newfound friends.
“It only takes a moment to make a difference in someone’s life,” remarked Brandi. “Seeing the pure joy on his face is why we do what we do, and it really warmed our hearts to see such a sweet child so happy.”
Kudos to these kindhearted superheroes who went out of their way to make Max’s day by turning a birthday disaster into a birthday to remember!