Oak Harbor teen with Autism gets an early birthday present

By  | 

OAK HARBOR, Ohio (WTVG) - Kimberly Gaeth is filled with joy after seeing her son enjoy a day all about him.

"He's a little overwhelmed, but he loves this," said Gaeth.

Her son Michael has Autism and she says it makes it hard for him to make friends.

"Michael was diagnosed with Autism at 9-years-old, but we had thought he had had it since he was born—just the way he was acting and not interacting with others," said Gaeth.

Michael turns 15 Monday, and his mom wanted to make this birthday special.

"I just decided he hasn't had many birthdays that have been really good for him, so I wanted some help from somebody," Gaeth said.

So Kimberly reached out to Huron-based Bikers Against Abused and Neglected Children.

"So I just sent a message and the next thing I knew the BAANC sent me back a message saying they were going to do the card drive and this party," Gaeth continued.

On top of all the birthday cards and a racing-themed party, the group also arranged for Michael to ride on a larger-than-life motorcycle.

"He's had difficult birthdays in the past and we wanted to make up for those past birthdays," said Maile Zinn of Bikers Against Abused and Neglected Children. "It's just the best feeling in the world to be able to do this for somebody."

For Kimberly, it's a day that she and her son won't soon forget.

"I'm glad I got this support from everybody and that everybody came," Gaeth said.