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[–]Submarine_Pirate 1496 points1497 points  (37 children)

"Von Lester... in his mid-twenties and doesn't normally attend birthday parties for 10-year-olds."

[–]shaynedwyer[S] 912 points913 points  (16 children)

I lol'd as I wrote that line

[–]Submarine_Pirate 424 points425 points  (9 children)

I exhaled sharply through my nose as I read it!

[–]Panic_Mechanic 23 points24 points  (0 children)

That was my favourite part! It was very funny. :)

[–]dotisinjail 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Oh my dick, Shane is ON REDDIT?!?

[–][deleted] 233 points234 points  (16 children)

My god, his name literally rhymes with 'molester'.

[–]sharklops 58 points59 points  (5 children)

Hi I'm Maurice Lester. You can call me Mo.

[–]BetterOffLeftBehind 35 points36 points  (2 children)

The Maurice? The Gangster of Love?

[–]fermbetterthanfire 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Aye the one which speaks of the pompitous of love.

[–]acmercer 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Waah waaaoowww

[–]razorsheldon[M] 317 points318 points  (3 children)

Really happy to see this, and thanks for the update and great news segment! We almost always remove FB posts from this subreddit for a number of reasons, but this one seemed special and we are really glad the community here agreed and wanted to help rally support.

[–]Salacondor 25 points26 points  (2 children)

Do FB posts break a rule or are they just annoying?

[–]smeezekitty 82 points83 points  (0 children)

Probably too much personal information (such as real names and locations)

[–]SuspiciousHistorian 22 points23 points  (0 children)

I'd assume it is for a number of reasons, most importantly to limit the potential of doxxing, and /r/UpliftingNews being a potential host to that.

In addition to that, it could be to reduce the amount of spam that could be produced.

[–]shaynedwyer[S] 1586 points1587 points  (253 children)

EDIT: Here is an extended cut of just footage from the water balloon fight. His mom described it as "epic"

http://www.wdbj7.com/news/local/web-extra-a-botetourt-county-boys-epic-water-balloon-fight/34037400


EDIT: For those that asked, here's the video of me getting sprayed in the face by a water cannon on a fire truck while setting up the gopro shot.

http://www.wdbj7.com/news/local/web-extra-shayne-dwyer-gets-sprayed-070715/34037778


My name is Shayne! I'm the reporter who did this story, and the guy you see in that video with the bad hair.

Feel free to ask me any questions about it, I'll try my best to answer.

We had a close up of one of Camden's cake but not the entire thing. u/technicolor-cakes posted these pics of the ones. http://imgur.com/IfydnCp http://imgur.com/nAlYIAU

Edit add pics of cake


EDIT: For those that have questions about the money raised for the water slide, I've got answers. I was told logistically the water slide wasn't able to happen, but the money is already in the Eubanks possession and will be used to buy Camden a new iPad for therapy and his education. Sounds like he accidentally dropped his and broke it (maybe cracked the screen, who hasn't?). Wayne, Camden's father, is currently out of work and income is tight. Traci deleted posts about it on the facebook page because she was overwhelmed with it all. If you donated to the tilt, are upset there was no water slide, and want your money back, they will refund it.

You can read more about it at this post on the facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/ultimatewaterballoonfight/posts/398307793700091

I've confirmed this information to be accurate and truthful with /u/anotherpinkpanther (Lisa, the original poster of this facebook page) and /u/shawntruu (Shawn, the Virginia Tech student who created the tilt campaign).

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    [–]shaynedwyer[S] 863 points864 points  (79 children)

    Yes I was there with my photographer partner. Everyone was normal. No creepers in sight. The Eubank's were overwhelmed with all the support and the local fire department really stepped up to the plate and helped.

    To me it seemed like most who attended saw the facebook post or the story on the news here in town, and the folks who sent gifts and cards from around the world were thanks to Reddit.

    [–]realityis333 332 points333 points  (39 children)

    That's actually quite incredible. Makes me happy.

    [–]shaynedwyer[S] 472 points473 points  (38 children)

    I interviewed a real-life redditor on camera. If you watch the story you can see him. Von, if you're out there, which I know you are, feel free to chime in.

    [–]gnarledout 938 points939 points  (29 children)

    I, too, am a real life redditor. AMA!

    [–]Crazybonbon 338 points339 points  (13 children)

    Haha wow! Never thought I'd see one in the wild.

    [–]gnarledout 228 points229 points  (9 children)

    A wild redditor appeared.

    [–]Crazybonbon 86 points87 points  (4 children)

    Haha nice grass meme

    [–]Tarty_McShartFarts 103 points104 points  (2 children)

    Dankest in the early morning dew.

    [–]jax9999 9 points10 points  (1 child)

    He use upvote.. It was super effective!

    [–]robbiekhan 29 points30 points  (2 children)

    In its natural habitat, watch how the redditor initiates a feeding frenzy with the flock.

    [–]Bigsouth620 17 points18 points  (1 child)

    Feasting on Karma internet points and dank memes there's nothing quite like a wild redditor feeding

    [–]yourmansconnect 13 points14 points  (0 children)

    My mom karma fed me until I was eleven

    [–]ThatsNotCoolBro14 46 points47 points  (6 children)

    When did you first realize you were "real life"? Bonus question, has becoming a redditor affected your relationships with others?

    [–]gnarledout 127 points128 points  (2 children)

    Real life redditor status was a euphoric time for me. I noticed reddit verbally attacking a poor damsel in distress and felt M'lady desperately needed me, her white knight, to rescue her from the trolls of Le reddit. However, M'lady felt as if I was a nice guy, but we were best off as friends. Obviously she's just a disoriented bitch who likes assholes and will never know what it's like to date a nice guy like M'self. My relationships have been meh, however, the fine gentle sirs over at /r/pcmasterrace are a classy bunch of lads and the finest group of individuals on reddit.

    [–]KermitLeGrog 23 points24 points  (0 children)

    Redditor confirmed

    [–]junglerobot 19 points20 points  (2 children)

    Not OP, but I have also recently started identifying as a so called "real life redditor". I do believe deep down I always knew but it did come as a shock when I really started realizing.

    I like your joke about having relationships with others! Haha!

    [–]TheRealMrWillis 11 points12 points  (0 children)

    Where's your proof? We're gonna need a selfie with you clutching your fedora.

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      [–]Benediktine 30 points31 points  (2 children)

      I'm sure Camden was very excited to see you, cat_with_giant_boobs

      [–]cat_with_giant_boobs 29 points30 points  (0 children)

      Everyone was ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

      [–]vonmonologue 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      I'm not the Von in question, but I'll pretend to be.

      Also, I totally forgot about this which is sad because I'm only about an hour away. Glad people came out to make the day great for the kid!

      [–]razorsheldon 110 points111 points  (1 child)

      /u/anotherpinkpanther was the one who posted it here in /r/UpliftingNews since she knew of the family's plight from her speech impediment support page:

      http://goedhartvoordieren.nl/?page=r/UpliftingNews/comments/3bjeb3/10_year_old_with_apraxia_speech_disorder_wants_a/cso2dcw

      [–]shaynedwyer[S] 105 points106 points  (0 children)

      Thank you for posting this. Camden's father talked generally about not knowing the people on Reddit or knowing who was posting and talking about it. Sounds like he was a little confused about the process. To his credit he did say his wife Traci was handling if all

      [–]rickastl3y 50 points51 points  (28 children)

      What motivated people to attend?

      [–]shaynedwyer[S] 276 points277 points  (19 children)

      I talked to one redditor who attended and he drove about four hours one way to be there. He said he attended because he wanted Camden to know that just because he has a speech delay doesn't mean he shouldn't have friends.

      [–]RajaRajaC 118 points119 points  (16 children)

      That for some reason got me all emotional.

      [–]uokaybruh 72 points73 points  (13 children)

      Me too. Four hours is a long drive.

      [–]bytester 41 points42 points  (8 children)

      Some people are really into speech problems.....

      [–]uokaybruh 29 points30 points  (6 children)

      I mean sure, the kid has a bad speech impediment. On the other hand, 8 hours is a lot of fucking driving.

      [–]Shivadxb 9 points10 points  (0 children)

      yup. I'm sure the world will beat it out of me shortly

      [–][deleted] 68 points69 points  (3 children)

      I live in the UK so I couldn't attend, but what motivated me was a sweet sweet water fight. Ain't nobody sad at a water fight.

      [–]opus3535 80 points81 points  (1 child)

      California ... Maybe Nestlé...

      [–]ivegotfleas1 20 points21 points  (1 child)

      People aren't all miserable and do give a crap! WTG Reddit (and facebook?)!

      [–][deleted] 34 points35 points  (3 children)

      To be fair, it's hard to LOOK like a creeper when you're laughing and throwing water balloons.

      [–]realityis333 23 points24 points  (1 child)

      There's also a big difference between being a creeper and just looking like a creeper.

      [–]Bayou13 10 points11 points  (0 children)

      It's true. I don't look like a creeper at all.

      [–]here4_pie_and_punch 24 points25 points  (0 children)

      Normal people in weird basements.

      [–]Mahesvara 7 points8 points  (2 children)

      HAHA! Little do you know, trailers don't have basements! BWahahahaha!

      [–]furrythrowawayaccoun 63 points64 points  (60 children)

      Shayne, are you happy?

      [–]shaynedwyer[S] 185 points186 points  (57 children)

      Yes I am. This was a great story to cover. A little chaotic but we made it work. It was a nice story that a lot of people are interested in, a change of pace from other stories.

      Like another story I'm currently working about a missing girl who is with a sex offender she met online. You can read more about that here if you'd like.

      http://www.wdbj7.com/news/local/woman-unknowingly-gave-directions-to-ben-shook-and-hayleigh-wilson/34006074

      Edit- phrasing

      Edit 2 - Overnight developments in the missing girl case for anyone who cares. She was located early Tuesday morning July 6 not far from where she was last confirmed seen with the sex offender last week. Don't know if anyone down where she was found saw this post ;)

      http://www.wdbj7.com/news/local/southern-virginia/update-authorities-give-news-conference-on-hayleigh-wilson-ben-shook/34030862

      Edit 3 - We had a close up of one of Camden's cake but not the entire thing. u/technicolor-cakes posted these pics of the ones.

      http://imgur.com/IfydnCp http://imgur.com/nAlYIAU

      [–]peterkeats 175 points176 points  (32 children)

      That escalated fast.

      Reddit?

      [–]shaynedwyer[S] 83 points84 points  (18 children)

      Hey that's the news biz. Takes a strong heart and a clear mind

      [–]ThatsNotCoolBro14 22 points23 points  (12 children)

      Seriously! What a change of pace

      [–][deleted] 45 points46 points  (7 children)

      I went from feeling really happy for a 10 year boy and the kindness of strangers to shrinking into myself about a missing girl and the perversion of strangers

      Thanks M Night Shyamalan shaynedwyer

      P.S no need to be self deprecating about your hair. Try shaving it all off, it's very liberating and I bet you'd look great with it

      [–]shaynedwyer[S] 32 points33 points  (6 children)

      Haha thank you for the kind words. I will eventually be shaving it, probably have at least two years left. The difference between me at 18 and me now at 23 is amazing.

      I need to lose a few before I shave it too to balance out my facial structure

      [–]benbroady 17 points18 points  (2 children)

      I'm 26 and I started losing my hair a year or two ago as well. My hair looks similar to yours now, except I'm sporting a massive beard with it. Hey, we're a rare breed buddy.. but we are a PROUD people! \ o /

      [–]quiteaware 15 points16 points  (0 children)

      I had to start shaving my head at 23 for the same reason. Best decision I ever made.

      Don't wait, use your current Reddit fame to get people to donate to Apraxia research association of your choice in exchange for you shaving it on air. I'll put up money for that

      [–]BadcaseofDTB 8 points9 points  (3 children)

      Sounds like this Ben Shook guy needs a slammin' birthday party!

      [–]shaynedwyer[S] 9 points10 points  (2 children)

      I would say be needs something, but I don't know if it's a birthday party

      [–]redditorriot 7 points8 points  (1 child)

      Shayne are you happy? Are you happy, Shayne?

      [–]Galvin_and_Hobbes 49 points50 points  (14 children)

      Were there a lot of attendees around Camden's age that showed up?

      [–]shaynedwyer[S] 210 points211 points  (13 children)

      Yes a whole ton of kids and their parents. One family came all the way from northern Virginia because their son has the same speech disorder Camden does. It was incredible.

      but there were also randoms, including a big bike group, 20 somethings without kids like the one I interviewed, and regular adults without kids who just wanted to be there for him.

      [–]Galvin_and_Hobbes 28 points29 points  (0 children)

      That's great to hear! I'm sure it meant a lot to him to see that many people. I know his parents must be overwhelmed

      [–]KermitLeGrog 22 points23 points  (1 child)

      Did camden play with the kids? Any more on him meeting another boy with apraxia?

      [–]shaynedwyer[S] 23 points24 points  (0 children)

      Yes he was playing with all sorts of kids and I believe bad a great time. Not sure if he got to play specifically with the other little boy with apraxia I knew of

      [–]mtlyoshi9 40 points41 points  (4 children)

      Thanks for reporting this, and for posting it back to here. That was a lovely story. :)

      [–]shaynedwyer[S] 36 points37 points  (3 children)

      You're welcome, thanks for watching and reading!

      [–]Retireegeorge 16 points17 points  (0 children)

      You know I liked that Camden wasn't forced to give a TV interview. It probably would have been exactly what makes him feel like crap so that was a +1 for journalism.

      [–]GigaJuice 19 points20 points  (5 children)

      The video showed a startling lack of water balloons. Was this an issue because of how many people showed up?

      [–]probably-maybe 15 points16 points  (3 children)

      Shayne said there were thousands, probably just weren't shown in the video.

      [–]IronSidesEvenKeel 26 points27 points  (1 child)

      The video was very short, too. Why did everyone only stay for 2 1/2 minutes. :0

      [–][deleted] 13 points14 points  (0 children)

      Darn it people, you made me shed a few tears taking in my morning wake up moment with my Internet Friends....

      [–]mtheory007 12 points13 points  (8 children)

      Holy shit!! You are the first person I have ever seen that spells Shayne the same way mine is spelled.

      [–]shaynedwyer[S] 17 points18 points  (7 children)

      My mom did it so that I'd be unique. Why did yours do it??

      [–]mtheory007 9 points10 points  (2 children)

      Pretty much the exact same reason I think. I'm not sure where she got the spelling from though. Do you know where she got the spelling for you? It's been a bit of a mystery for me most of my life.

      [–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (1 child)

      Shane came from the pronunciation of the Irish name Séan by those living in Northern Ireland because they've got a strange accent up there! Shayne the spelling is further 'Englishing up' of the name. Well done to Shayne #1 and of course all the good redditors who made this happen. I´m glad this boy enjoyed his birthday.

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          [–]dogsandpeaceohmy 36 points37 points  (4 children)

          Amazing job! That traveled 3 hours?! I have a friend that does cake decorating and I KNOW how hard that is to do and to transport. Scary!!!

          Thank you for putting so much time and love into his birthday. For some reason your gift made me tear up the most.

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            [–]SirJumbles 6 points7 points  (1 child)

            You're fucking awesome. That's all. Have a great day!

            [–]crazyfox_89 13 points14 points  (8 children)

            That cake looks amazing!

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              [–]nigel_uno 3 points4 points  (4 children)

              what kinda cake??? Asking bc now i am craving cake.

              [–]lowhopes 5 points6 points  (1 child)

              A gold for you sir or madam. Thank you for helping make this kids birthday special.

              [–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

              That is awesome stuff right there.

              [–]CoconutEstate 103 points104 points  (7 children)

              For those of you who didn't initially see it, here's the orginal thread

              [–]suchasthis 32 points33 points  (2 children)

              Thank you and your entire delicious estate.

              [–]theaznone 5 points6 points  (1 child)

              It tasted good but the texture...not so much.

              [–]Rowan5215 2 points3 points  (2 children)

              you wouldn't happen to have a King Beetle on that Coconut Estate?

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                [–]Nerdican 2 points3 points  (0 children)

                Yep, that was the part where my eyes got wet and I couldn't read anymore for a minute

                [–]CanIStickMyDickInIt 266 points267 points  (11 children)

                Slight tear in eye from this. Followed this post close and bought/shipped about 500 water balloons. Little dude deserved to have one hell of a bday and I'm glad to see the outcome. Reddit, good fucking job.

                [–]shaynedwyer[S] 176 points177 points  (7 children)

                I bet Camden was very thankful. He was so excited and seemed to have a great time. You are a great person for making that kind of effort.

                Probably a good idea you didn't show up to a ten year olds birthday party per your username. /Jokes.

                [–]CanIStickMyDickInIt 69 points70 points  (4 children)

                The original thread I got so many comments about my name for the same joke. Haha.

                Everyone deserves to have an epic bday like that and all of us coming together was beyond amazing.

                [–]shaynedwyer[S] 55 points56 points  (3 children)

                Funny you say epic, because him mom actually described it as epic. That quote didn't make the story but you have my word she said it.

                And I guess my jokes are old. But then again what joke on the internet isn't old these days.

                [–]CanIStickMyDickInIt 33 points34 points  (2 children)

                The point is that you tried pats on back

                [–][deleted] 12 points13 points  (0 children)

                Yeah. Probably a good thing I didn't show up either.

                [–]QAlphaNiner 13 points14 points  (0 children)

                Such an uplifting comment. Such an unexpected username.

                [–]love_the_heat[M] 111 points112 points  (1 child)

                Great job to all those who made it there. Stories like this really give a credit to our sub and to it's positive subscribers! I love being a part of /r/UpliftingNews

                [–]TandyHard 6 points7 points  (0 children)

                So much bad news lately that this was a much needed bright spot on my day. What a wonderful story! Thanks for helping keep /r/UpliftingNews so uplifting! ;)

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                  [–]ScagnettiOnScagnetti 161 points162 points  (5 children)

                  You know, I'm leaning more in this direction myself and I have a terrible outlook on society as a whole. I think you're right, no I know you're right there are more good people in the world, the dicks just get more attention.

                  [–]PM_ME_ONE_TITT 24 points25 points  (0 children)

                  I am speaking from the other end. Honestly I child care less about this person because he is a stranger, but even after saying that I would absolutely go to his party and shower them with presents if he was within a 45 min drive from where I was.

                  [–]LordSnowsGhost 3 points4 points  (1 child)

                  Yeah this is an extremely interesting topic. I don't know too much about philosophy, but from what I recall there are two guys from the Enlightenment.

                  • Hobbes - people are naturally selfish and manipulative
                  • Rousseau - people are born with entirely good intentions, the world forms them and necessitates these 'evil' actions, written in response to Hobbes.

                  But since these are from the 1600 or 1700s, science has evolved just a little bit since these ideas spread. And nature v. nurture. I would think genes that will result in disease do exist, but both genes and environment seem like they would be influenced actual behavior.

                  So today we have a better understanding of how each person is born with a particular genome, and certain genes affect health, intelligence, addiction, personality. But there's so much more to learn.

                  And so finally to come to the point of this comment on this article, it definitely is awesome to read something where a child without friends (because of a speech disorder) can have the most awesome water balloon party through the kindness of strangers. Whether it's the community of the town(who appear to be most of the attendees, or that guy who drove 4 hours because he also had a speech problem, just to tell the b-day kid that everything will be okay. This is monumental, this one day will be remembered forever by the kid.

                  So I think people will tend to help, even if it's slightly inconvenient. But there are different criteria for every person. In this we have: a kid, check, speech disorder, check, no friends because children are horrible, check, awesome water balloon fight to show support for this kid, absofuckinlutely check.

                  But then the example of Ellen Pao where everyone jumps to take a jab at her. The kid was an unknown victim of society's problem with educating people on disabilities, and the physical disability itself. Ellen Pao is.. well that's a little too complicated. Let's just say, responsible for Reddit, multiple sketchy gender discrimination suits, plus she's married to a hedge fund Ponzi guy. And she eliminated all raise negotiations for Reddit employees because men have an unfair advantage. It's 's not hard to see why Reddit's rage was directed at her.

                  We seem more inclined to giving when there is someone who is a victim of circumstance we can help. Even if not a part of the community in VA, everyone feels a communal connection to humanity. And we seem to hate when there is a clear figurehead and the system crumbles.

                  It gets progressively more complicated, but I have decided for now that people are good for the most part. We need other people because we don't want to be alone, and we will usually give whatever it takes to feel like we belong. Other people can then take advantage of goodwill and that's where evil and cynicism comes in. Jesus this is long, sorry about that, get carried away sometimes by things that strike a chord. I definitely was a cynic but it felt too defeatist, now I try to stay informed for my own sake. Even if it won't help others, it feels better to try to understand, and to reevaluate and question rather than just give up on fellow mankind.

                  TLDR: People can be bad or good, but are usually both. People are naturally inclined to be good because it's human nature to be accepted by others, and the bad stuff happens when others take advantage of that. This story should make everyone proud.

                  [–]styxynx 85 points86 points  (11 children)

                  Ya know what's actually really uplifting about this? Someone posts a "hate on this person" or "kill this person" and they get next to no support.

                  mmmm really? what about the whole thing about reddit's ceo?

                  [–]Greyzer 15 points16 points  (2 children)

                  Unless it's about Ellen Pao...

                  [–]The_Mediocre_Docc 16 points17 points  (3 children)

                  Helping someone isn't illegal, though.

                  [–]Oak_Con_Cry 172 points173 points  (3 children)

                  Dammit, someone threw water balloons directly into my eyes.

                  [–]Mahesvara 30 points31 points  (0 children)

                  I had 4 kids decide I was their only target. Possibly because I was stealing baskets of balloons for some of the fire dept to throw.

                  [–]AussieDamo 39 points40 points  (1 child)

                  Well don't come over here as I'm cutting onions for some reason.

                  [–]keptfloatin707 42 points43 points  (16 children)

                  Alright Reddit, now lets get /u/keptfloatin707 a House Boat!

                  [–]shaynedwyer[S] 67 points68 points  (15 children)

                  Lol. While we're at it let's pay off U/shaynedwyer 's student loans! Journalism doesn't pay well.

                  [–]keptfloatin707 22 points23 points  (4 children)

                  whoa whoa whoa /u/keptfloatin707 got debt too now , he'd rather just have a house boat then wait for the 3 more years in collections for it to just drop off the map or pay it off. PLUS, I will throw a party for 5 redditors and 5 of their friends on said houseboat - ONCE a year until I die or have to sell the house boat to take care of more debt...(must be 21+ to enter, results may vary)

                  [–]JibFlank 7 points8 points  (3 children)

                  Caution: First few rows may get wet.

                  [–]GameofCheese 35 points36 points  (7 children)

                  Thanks for the story. From what you saw do you think he was able to make friends or potential playmates for future water balloon sessions? At least did the parents connect with other parents for potential friends? Just wondering if this will be a one time event for him.

                  [–]shaynedwyer[S] 35 points36 points  (5 children)

                  You know I'm not quite sure and I didn't ask that question. Camden's dad and some other family members talked to lots of people. I heard some kids say really nice things about Camden too. I can't say for sure if he made any new permanent friends, but one can hope and infer based on who showed up. Most of the kids were local in the area.

                  Some of the other news outlets quoted kids about being friends but I wasn't able to talk to those kids as well. I just know that the young boy had a great party.

                  [–]GameofCheese 23 points24 points  (3 children)

                  Well at the very least he gained some confidence to make new friends and had the best birthday 🎂. Thanks for responding!

                  [–]shaynedwyer[S] 20 points21 points  (2 children)

                  You're welcome! OP's are real people too ya know

                  [–]GameofCheese 13 points14 points  (1 child)

                  Awww, I should have asked if you were able to make a new friend at the party. ;)

                  [–]Laura_4151336[🍰] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

                  I'll be OPs new friend ;)

                  [–]notlikethat1 65 points66 points  (10 children)

                  As a parent of a special needs kid, this story got me. Life is hard and no one knows it better than anyone who is a little different. It's stories like this that keep my faith in humanity.

                  [–]shaynedwyer[S] 67 points68 points  (9 children)

                  As the brother of a special needs sister, I'm with you. I'm thankful that my sister is very well accepted by people she goes to school with, but there are those tough days that happen.

                  Side note: I always like to be as accurate with my stories as possible. So I asked the Eubank's if special needs is a term I could use, since that's the one we use around my house for my sister. They said no because they don't see him as special needs, they see him as Camden. They preferred "speech delay" which is what I went with.

                  [–]leetdood_shadowban 9 points10 points  (6 children)

                  I'm curious, do you know why exactly his speech delay led them to home-school him?

                  [–]shaynedwyer[S] 38 points39 points  (5 children)

                  Camden's dad said they chose to home school him so that he wouldn't be labeled by the school system and so that other kids wouldn't make fun of him.

                  I didn't pry too much into that part of his life as it was not essential to the story at hand. I only really got to briefly talk to Camden. There were other reporters there and lots of cameras so he kinda stayed away from us. Camden's mom also didn't want him talking on camera.

                  [–]leetdood_shadowban 4 points5 points  (0 children)

                  Thanks for answering. I was just wondering. Glad you got to report back to us :)

                  [–]my__name__is 93 points94 points  (14 children)

                  You wrote this article? Great story, though I am pretty sure you've misused the term "Reddit Hug". Once I read that in the title I kept expecting things to go wrong, the party becoming overwhelmed with too many visitors and things getting out of hand. "Reddit Hug" is usually used when we crash a site that isn't prepared for a large attendance.

                  [–]shaynedwyer[S] 123 points124 points  (13 children)

                  I see a difference between the use of "Reddit Hug" and "Reddit Hug of Death"

                  The family wasn't expecting for it to go viral and has been overwhelmed with gifts and cards, although nothing negative has happened yet.

                  What do you think?

                  [–]my__name__is 40 points41 points  (3 children)

                  I've always thought it was just a shorter version of the same thing, but you might be right.

                  [–]taboo_ 30 points31 points  (2 children)

                  Yup I agree with /u/shaynedwyer. Reddit hug of death crashes sites. But a nice bump in traffic is simply a hug.

                  [–]GringodelRio 11 points12 points  (0 children)

                  Sometimes Snoo hugs gently, and everyone walks away feeling good.

                  Sometimes Snoo likes who is being hugged too much, and they turn purple and the head comes off, and then Snoo is mad-sad, mad because it's no longer there to be hugged, sad it's dead.

                  Snoo does not know it's own strength. Poor alien, still trying to figure this out.

                  [–][deleted] 17 points18 points  (8 children)

                  I was honestly surprised someone didn't send him a penis plushie or something. I guess even trolls have hearts.

                  [–]shaynedwyer[S] 30 points31 points  (7 children)

                  I kinda was thinking someone would do something. I asked Camden's parents about it and they didn't mention anything. Hopefully their view of Reddit stays positive and no one messes it up.

                  [–]ManicLord 32 points33 points  (1 child)

                  "So, Mr. And Mrs. Eubanks, did you get any dildos in the mail? Maybe a blowup doll? A penis plushie? No? Huh."

                  [–]shaynedwyer[S] 36 points37 points  (0 children)

                  Meh more along the lines of did you get any negative feedback online or any bad things in the mail

                  [–]jameslunderwood 7 points8 points  (4 children)

                  I hope so too, but I'm afraid some bozo around here just read that as, "Challenge accepted."

                  [–]Patchface- 13 points14 points  (2 children)

                  I'd be lying if the thought didn't flash across my mind for just a second.

                  [–]Retr0man 14 points15 points  (10 children)

                  CROATOAN

                  [–][deleted]  (9 children)

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                    [–]Galvin_and_Hobbes 4 points5 points  (8 children)

                    For what it's worth, this is a different Roanoke. Roanoke Colony was on an island in Northern North Carolina, and this Roanoke is in Midwestern Virginia.

                    [–]shaynedwyer[S] 12 points13 points  (2 children)

                    Before I moved here I had driven up and down 95, through Roanoke Rapids NC many times. Never been to Southwest Virginia.

                    Think Roanoke and say oh great I can be right near the coast. Look on a map and see Roanoke is basically west Virginia.

                    fwiw Roanoke is a beautiful city with very nice people. Virginia Tech is just about 30 mins away.

                    Bonus points: Roanoke Rapids NC is named after the Roanoke river which originates near Roanoke in the app mountains. The Roanoke river runs down through va and NC to the Atlantic ocean, including the town named after it Roanoke Rapids.

                    Even more bonus points: Roanoke's original name was big lick. Then the railroad came to town and it became big luck junction. Someone decided that name wasn't appealing so it got changed to Roanoke, a word I believe means wealth.

                    Roanoke has major railroad history as a headquarters and major train building shop of the Norfolk and western, now Norfolk and southern railroad.

                    [–]ManicLord 15 points16 points  (4 children)

                    family feels "Reddit Hug"

                    It's called the Reddit hug of death...

                    OMG. WE KILLED THEM!?

                    [–]shaynedwyer[S] 15 points16 points  (3 children)

                    We're currently discussing this in another comment on this thread. I feel there is a distinction between Reddit hug and Reddit hug of death. Hug of death support and kills. Hug just shows a mass outpouring of support.

                    In this case to people who don't really know what Reddit is and are just starting to understand why people in china are sending their kid gifts.

                    [–]thefatrabitt 24 points25 points  (3 children)

                    Fucking hell I'm crying so hard right now.

                    [–]probably-maybe 10 points11 points  (2 children)

                    Dude, tears were definitely shed. Really brightened my kinda crappy mood. Don't forget to smile, though! :)

                    [–]thefatrabitt 9 points10 points  (1 child)

                    Oh don't get me wrong I'm super happy for that kid. People doing stuff like this for someone just evokes a super emotional response for me while I'm generally pretty emotionless. I work in icus and this is the stuff that makes me cry.

                    [–]probably-maybe 5 points6 points  (0 children)

                    That's a good thing to be able to feel so strongly. I'm glad it's a positive emotional response and not a negative one. :)

                    [–]Zivodor 9 points10 points  (0 children)

                    Who put all these onions around my computer... the bastard...

                    [–]Rough1 20 points21 points  (4 children)

                    We did it reddit. We did something useful!

                    [–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (2 children)

                    Fuck yeah. I sent a card with a nice message and $20. Hope the kid got some bookoo money and gift card gifts (hope the cash goes towards a college fund if it was significant).

                    [–]PraiseTheGun 8 points9 points  (2 children)

                    Somebody was trolling the poor kid. Blake Shelton tickets are no gift.

                    [–]Chaquita_Banana 9 points10 points  (7 children)

                    I wonder what his next birthday(s) will be like?

                    [–]two_taps 12 points13 points  (6 children)

                    His next birthday will suck.

                    [–]takesometimetoday 23 points24 points  (4 children)

                    I plan on sending him a birthday gift next year too. Hopefully I'll have more money next year so I can get something better. I imagine a handful of people will do the same.

                    [–]sterling3designs 9 points10 points  (1 child)

                    I was there, It was a lot of fun. One group brought a pickup truck loaded with 3000 water balloons. It made my 300 look silly. The park is amazing and everyone had a great time!

                    I seemed to be a natural target for several kids at 6'4'' tall and got blasted several times in the face and torso. However revenge was sweet and I even dodged a balloon by using my wife as a human shield and when balloon missed us both it hit some guy behind me in the dick. So that was pretty funny! GoPro edit of the whole thing coming soon!

                    The internet is fucking awesome thanks Reddit!

                    [–]InTheBay 6 points7 points  (0 children)

                    I love the scrolling banner at the bottom "Reddit CEO apologized..."

                    [–]x-rainy 7 points8 points  (2 children)

                    i sent him a card. :D

                    [–]KiwiWankerBanker 14 points15 points  (0 children)

                    This is one of the real feel good stories of Reddit - everyone should be so proud that this little boy had a better day than he would have otherwise had. It really fills me with joy to see the kindness many showed this family.

                    [–]FattimusMcGeeheez 26 points27 points  (3 children)

                    Wait. I thought we were the hate portal of the world :/

                    Oh Gawker, you silly guy!

                    (PS glad that kid had such a positive experience for his Bday!)

                    [–]sagpony 11 points12 points  (2 children)

                    When people talk about Reddit like it's a den of harassment and "Fat People Hate" like communities, remember these moments. When we, as a community of absolute strangers, came together to help a 10 year old kid have the birthday party he had always dreamed of. Good job, everybody.

                    [–]realityis333 5 points6 points  (0 children)

                    Yay us!

                    [–]pr_xgram 4 points5 points  (5 children)

                    proud of the reddit community and just a small example of what good social media can bring, if it's used properly.

                    [–]shaynedwyer[S] 6 points7 points  (4 children)

                    Social media is good people and the Eubanks have Reddit to thank

                    [–]lost_galaxy 5 points6 points  (1 child)

                    This is awesome but I do hope he made some friends that he could hang out with in the future from this. Whenever I see these stories it kind of bums me out to think that the kid has this one amazing day and then goes back to being lonely after.

                    [–]marimba1982 3 points4 points  (0 children)

                    After all the shit that reddit has been through in the past few weeks, it's really nice to see a story like this to show the great side of reddit.

                    [–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (4 children)

                    This story makes me happy. My son actually has apraxia as well and this is a pretty awesome feel good story! If this raises more awareness towards Apraxia and helps just a few other people out there understand what it is, I'm all for it!

                    [–]iahmedish 4 points5 points  (0 children)

                    Read that as Virgin boy's birthday party. Was really confused on why that was relevant.

                    [–]PM_ME_YOUR_INSURANCE 4 points5 points  (1 child)

                    WE DID IT! So happy the kid had a great time.

                    [–]LynnTheCat 4 points5 points  (0 children)

                    YES!!! I amost cry! I feel so happy for him!

                    [–]Sasha_Fire 5 points6 points  (0 children)

                    This is AMAZING!!!! I am so glad that it all worked out, I liked them on facebook after the reddit post went up and the park was charging them for using the space or they needed a bit of extra help for balloons/ food. It's heart warming to see everyone pull together to make his birthday super special.

                    [–]CruDiablo 3 points4 points  (5 children)

                    My wife and I took our children, I have a ton of pictures and videos of the beautiful madness. When I get off work today I will upload the pictures to imgur and post here. It was truly an amazing birthday that happened yesterday. Thank you reddit for being there for the important things.

                    [–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

                    Reddit delivers. +1

                    [–]SlickDR 2 points3 points  (0 children)

                    Reddit users on a whole are just awesome. Great story!

                    [–]Bladamir 3 points4 points  (2 children)

                    "Von Lester is a firefighter from Newport News in his mid-twenties and doesn't normally attend birthday parties for 10-year-olds."

                    That's where I'm from. Thanks for making sure they don't think our firefighters are pedi paws!

                    [–]SticklerForJustice 3 points4 points  (1 child)

                    I thought the Eubanks were more concerned about the crisis in Greece

                    [–]TheRealGoochman 4 points5 points  (0 children)

                    I'm not tearing up

                    Totally not

                    No man tears of super joy for the kid here

                    Nope No way, no how

                    Yeah.....I lied

                    [–]spookyb0ss 2 points3 points  (0 children)

                    we actually did something reddit

                    [–]elsworth 2 points3 points  (0 children)

                    I love uplifting news like this. Aww the feels!

                    [–]gearbest_peter 2 points3 points  (4 children)

                    i wish our local news would do more stories like this one

                    [–]shaynedwyer[S] 3 points4 points  (1 child)

                    For what it's worth, I really enjoy stories like these and wish I could do more of them. Everyone tends to like them and be receptive of them

                    [–]SweetToothKane[🍰] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

                    The internet is awesome sometimes. Like what we do every year with Child's Play