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i thought this was a bit heartwarming news

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(Hundreds help girl, 10, with rare condition celebrate birthday after none of her friends RSVP)

When Jenny Moretter turned to Facebook after none of her daughter’s fourth-grade classmates RSVP’d to her 10th birthday party, she was simply aiming to prevent her daughter, Mackenzie, from having to celebrate her special day alone.

But on Saturday, the Minnesota mom— whose daughter has an enlarged skull due to a rare genetic condition— got an even bigger surprise: a birthday party with hundreds of supporters, mostly strangers, plus an outpouring of donations.

Mackenzie Moretter, now 10, has Sotos syndrome, a condition that occurs in an estimated 1 in 10,000 to 14,000 newborns. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Sotos syndrome causes intellectual disability and behavioral problems, as well as overgrowth in childhood. The condition is marked by a long, narrow face, a high forehead, flushed cheeks, a small and pointed chin, and outside corners of the eyes that point downward. Mackenzie underwent surgery to correct her enlarged skull, MyFoxTwinCities.com reported.



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